Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bat Lily - the splendour of the bloom

The last time I saw this flower was last Thursday when it was only half opened. Today I witnessed the bloom in all its splendour and beauty at its peak. I wish I could bring this plant into a studio and take lovely pictures of this model of natural beauty. I wish to have photos that would make it look like the flower was dancing and swirling before my lens. I was distracted by the people walking by nonchalantly and conscious that I was not doing what was normal in the park i.e. walking, jogging or doing Tai Chi or Zhi Gong. I knew that my camera though lauded as the masterpiece in digital photography (Amateur Category) would not be able to do justice to this wonderful work of nature but I just had to make do with what I have to record the best performance of this flower to date. I could see a sign of abuse already in the broken 'whisker' and a missing capsule of seeds. I fear that if I lingered too long, I might draw too much attention and that curiosity might invite more abuse of the flower. So I was careful to pretend to look elsewhere when I sensed that there were people coming up the path. Some kind of paranoia perhaps but I have watched this flower from infancy to the state it was today. I hope it will enjoy a few more days of glorious health before fading away.

Thumbnail photos on my website: http://flowersinsingapore.com

2 comments:

budak said...

you shall hereby be known as the batty lily lady.....

i wonder if it's ok and viable to try to grow the seeds at home. Nurseries don't seem stock this plant.

Mable said...

Yeah, and maybe Jack Neo will give me a role in his next movie - The Best Bat - ha ha, lame...

Okay, serious now. I have also wondered about this but it seems possible judging by the pictures here.

http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/82906/

I am sure there are people with information to share on this particular website. Have you asked any nursery here if they can supply the seeds? If you look closely at the photo on my post, you will notice that one of the seed pods/capsules is missing. I wonder if some uncle or auntie has made off with it to experiment.