Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

This is a family-oriented park aimed at educating the public about the endangered animals of Borneo an opportunity to get a glimpse of the wildlife up close. The wildlife park consists of two main sections namely zoological (animals) and botanical (plants). The botanical section provides good opportunities to see rare plant species but this was not in our agenda during the visit.

The park is open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, and is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu; or approximately 15 km if your navigational preference is measured in distance.

Let's see some of my captures.

Little monkey moves a lot and it was a bit of a challenge to persuade him for a portrait shot.

got banana?
"Merenung jauh nampak...?" Gibbon is shying away from me, looking dejected. Maybe I need to learn more monkey languages.

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Young proboscis doing the "moginggat" (betel nut chewing). Ok I bluffed, it's just some young leaves in his mouth.

All Monkeys and no Elephants?

Don't put a pilih bulu label on me just yet. Of course I like monkeys - all big and smalls - but I like all other animals at the zoo equally. Give me some time and I will feature them in my blog, too.

mister whyte is......
Ooopss! Not another monkey. Sorry for the distraction, this guy is not from Lok Kawi Zoo; he's happily living at KL Tower mini zoo.

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The serval is an unusual looking (notably its big ears), medium sized cat found mainly in Africa. Nice variation to have it in Lok Kawi and it's good to 'see him in person'.

A white breasted eagle. Mice are released into its small cage to be preyed by this fast hunter. Not the kind of fair play don't you agree?

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At certain time of the day the parrots are taken out into the open and you can take decent pics of them.

tiger helpingHand or Confrontation800 95-05-1
"Ling, lepas ko kasi mandi saya, saya kasi mandi ko pula nanti aah?". Debilang tu harimau betina.

lion dance800 sharp
Sorry folks, this is not a lion but I think he lost his way and ended up in my blog.

Thanks for reading, or rather viewing.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

My Flower, My Nature

Nature photography has always been on the top of my shooting wish list. I choose flower for today's nature theme.

I'll quote Rabindranath Tagore for his beautiful words on flowers:

Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not!
I fear lest it droop and drop into the dust.

I may not find a place in thy garland,
but honour it with a touch of pain
from thy hand and pluck it.
I fear lest the day end before I am aware,
and the time of offering go by.

Though its colour be not deep
and its smell be faint,
Use this flower in thy service
and pluck it while there is time.
by: Rabindranath Tagore

Meanwhile, let share some:

bright pinky
Locally known as Bunga Ulam Raja, usually grow at your backyard.

red haired
"Hairy like the rambutans". Captured at KK Gaya Street weekly tamu/bazaar.

family of four
"Family of four" - shot with Cybershot T500

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"wild purple" - nice looking wild flower shot at Kasih Sayang Resort, Menggatal.
| f5.6 | 1/100sec | 200mm |

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Hibiscus found at Ujana Rimba Tropika recreational park.

sole flying visitor
"Sole flying visitor" - water lily found in the drain of Donggongon.

"Hybrid?" - my first attempt at photographing a made up subject.

Happy shooting and cheers!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Ice Breaker

It is because of my passion for photography that this blog was created, and it is my desire to share my thoughts -or rather views (literally) - with the rest of the world that would make this blog more of a "show me" rather than a "tell me" type of info-sharing. Well, hopefully so.

I love nature and I'll start this journey off with a collection of my evening landscape captures.

Teluk Likas Night800 pano narrower
My very first night-shot when I first lay hand on the D90.

Set the cam to Program AE Mode, put the camera on the concrete embankment and press the shutter. Camera chooses the correct Aperture and Shutter Speed. Simple.

sutera hotel evening600 frame
Location: Magellan Sutera driveway, off Coastal highway. Long exposure shot taken after the sun has set.

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Location: Tanjung Lipat, Likas. The evening colours were beautiful, tho not totally happy with the shot.

red senja
Let's call it a day with this shot taken in Putatan.

Hope you like them & would love to hear tips and comments from you.
Happy shooting!