Thursday, 26 July 2012

Gomphrena Globosa Or Bachelor Button

Information

Gomphrena globosa, commonly known as Globe Amaranth or Bachelor Button, is an annual plant that grows up to 24 inches in height. The true species has magenta bracts, and cultivars have colors such as purple, red, white, pink, and lilac. Its native range is in Brazil, Panama and Guatemala. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomphrena_globosa


Names in other languages
  • Hawaiian Pidgin - bozu
  • Hawaiian - lehua pepa, lehua moa loa
  • Tamil - Vadamalli
  • Malayalam - “രക്തമല്ലിക (rakthamallika” / “വാടാമല്ലി (vaaDaamalli)”
  • Sanskrit - “रक्तमल्लिका (rakthamallika”
  • Hindi - “रक्तमल्लिका (rakthamallika”
  • Japanese - Sennichikou
  • Nepali - Supadi Phool
  • Lao language - Saam pii                         
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/160s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 100
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/250s
Aperture - F2.8
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 1000
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/200s
Aperture - F2.8
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 100

Monday, 23 July 2012

Robberfly @ Bukit Bandaraya Outing with SAM (Shah Alam Macro) Team

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/200s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 200
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/200s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 200

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Long Horn Beetle @ Taman Rekreasi Lembah Kiara

Information

The longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae; also known as long-horned beetles or longicorns) are a cosmopolitan family of beetles, typically characterized by extremely long antennae, which are often as long as or longer than the beetle's body. In various members of the family, however, the antennae are quite short (e.g., Neandra brunnea, figured below) and such species can be difficult to distinguish from related beetle families such as Chrysomelidae. The family is large, with over 20,000 species described, slightly more than half from the Eastern Hemisphere. Several are serious pests, with the larvae boring into wood, where they can cause extensive damage to either living trees or untreated lumber (or, occasionally, to wood in buildings; the old-house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus, being a particular problem indoors). A number of species mimic ants, bees, and wasps, though a majority of species are cryptically colored. The rare titan beetle (Titanus giganteus) from northeastern South America is often considered the largest (though not the heaviest, and not the longest including legs) insect, with a maximum known body length of just over 16.7 centimetres (6.6 in). Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longhorn_beetle

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/100s
Aperture - F20
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 400
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F14
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 400
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F14
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 400
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/100s
Aperture - F20
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 400
 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Lymantriidae @ Taman Rekreasi Lembah Kiara

Information

       Lymantriidae is a family of moths. Many of its component species are referred to as "Tussock moths" of one sort or another. The caterpillar, or larval, stage of these species often has a distinctive appearance of alternating bristles and haired projections. Like other families of moths, many Tussock Moth caterpillars have urticating hairs (often hidden among longer, softer hairs) which can cause painful reactions if they come into contact with skin.
      The family Lymantriidae includes about 350 known genera and over 2,500 known species found all over the world, in every continent except Antarctica. They are particularly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Southeast Asia and South America; one estimate lists 258 species in Madagascar alone (Schaefer, 1989). Apart from oceanic islands, notable places that do not host Lymantriids include New Zealand, the Antilles, and New Caledonia (Schaefer, 1989). Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymantriidae


Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F14
Focal Length - 85mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 200
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/100s
Aperture - F11
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 200
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F11
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 200
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/100s
Aperture - F11
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 100

Monday, 16 July 2012

My Hero!

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/160s
Aperture - F4
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value -1250
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/200s
Aperture - F4
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/200s
Aperture - F8
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/200s
Aperture - F8
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/400s
Aperture - F4
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Orange Skipper @ Taman Rekreasi Lembah Kiara


Information

Taman Rekreasi Lembah Kiara (formerly known as 'West Valley Park') is located in front of Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (2). It is a popular haven for jogging and recreational activities to both residents and outsiders and is currently being developed in stages to be the "Hyde Park of Kuala Lumpur". It is also famous for its natural trails and fresh air especially for avid jungle trekkers and mountain bikers.


Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/100s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 400

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/100s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 400

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Information

The Federal Territory Mosque or Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan is a major mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located near MATRADE complex and the Federal Government Complex off Jalan Duta.

History
The Kuala Lumpur Mosque was constructed between 1998 and 2000. It is situated on a five hectare site near the Government Office Complex along Jalan Duta. The Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory) Mosque was opened to the public on October 25, 2000 and was officiated by the 12th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Almarhum Syed Putra Jamalulail. It is the 44th mosque built by the Government within the city limits. The mosque can accommodate 17,000 devotees at one time.

Architecture
The mosque's design is a blend of Ottoman and Malay architectural styles, heavily influenced by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It has 22 domes made from a composite material of glass fibre fabric mixed with epoxy resin to make it durable and light.

Camera - Canon
Model - PowerShot A1200
Exposure - 1/500s
Aperture - F13
Focal Length - 13mm
ISO Value -125

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Eye

Information

True flies are insects of the order Diptera (from the Greek di = two, and ptera = wings). Their most obvious distinction from other orders of insects is that a typical fly possesses a pair of flight wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax. (Some species of flies are exceptional in that they are secondarily flightless). The only other order of insects bearing two true, functional wings plus any form of halteres are the Strepsiptera, and in contrast to the flies, the Strepsiptera bear their halteres on the mesothorax and their flight wings on the metathorax. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/160s
Aperture - F22
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 100

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/160s
Aperture - F22
Focal Length - 105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 100

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Dolichopodidae @ Long Legged Flies


Information

Dolichopodidae, the long-legged flies, make up a large family of true flies with more than 7,000 described species in about 230 genera distributed worldwide. The genus Dolichopus is the most speciose, with some 600 species. They are generally small flies with large, prominent eyes and a metallic cast to their appearance, though considerable variation is observed. Most have long legs, though some do not. The males often have enlarged genitalia which can be useful for species recognition. The adults are predatory on other small animals. Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolichopodidae

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/160s
Aperture - F18
Focal Length - Kitlens @105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 100
Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/160s
Aperture - F18
Focal Length - Kitlens @105mm + Raynox DCR250
ISO Value - 100


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Benefits of Strawberries - Part I

Information

Everyone knows that strawberries are delicious. However, did you know just what a nutritional powerhouse they are? Here are eight reasons to include strawberries in your diet.

Diet
One cup of strawberries contains over 13% of the RDA of dietary fiber, yet only 43 calories. The dietary fiber in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular, as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating.

Antioxidants
Strawberries contain a chemical compound called phenols. Anthocyanin, a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries, lends the rich red color to the fruit. Though anthocyanin is known to have antioxidant properties within the fruit, it is debated as to whether the antioxidant agents in anthocyanin-rich foods can be absorbed into the body once digested. Fortunately, however, it is known that when anthocyanin-rich foods are consumed, the body's uric acid levels increase, which serves as an antioxidant agent.

Anti-Inflammatory
The phenols in strawberries also fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis, by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the same way that the drugs aspirin and ibuprofen do. Strawberries, however, do not carry unwanted side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding.



Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400

Camera - Nikon
Model - D7000
Exposure - 1/125s
Aperture - F16
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO Value - 400