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Chinese New Year Flowers 2010


Few weeks back I visited a plant nursery looking for some new pots and soils. The nursery is situated on a hill overlooking a busy main road. The place however makes you feel like you’re somewhere else… ummm like you’re in Cameron Highlands! Haha

I informed the owner of my interest in photographing the nursery as the place is so beautiful and serene. I was told to come back early February as there will be new flowers and plants coming in for Chinese New Year.

So here I am on the 31st January armed with my trusty D80. Initially I was using my kit lens (as I was shooting something else prior to this) but half way decided to change to my favorite 50mm f/1.8 lens because I just love bokeh. Haha

Note: Do click at the pictures for larger size. They’re pretty in big. πŸ˜‰


Lime tree (吉 ‘KAT’). An absolute MUST for Chinese New Year.
It means auspicious.


Chrysanthemum.


More Chrysanthemums!




Red Poinsettia.
Another auspicious plant for Chinese New Year. I think this picture is too vivid. Argghh my eyes! my eyes!


The tree leaves might be a bit blur… no problem. There’s just something about it.


Red flowers. Anyone know the name of this flower?
It’s called euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns/Christ Plant).


Its branch has plenty of thorns!


Pretty red Daisy.


‘Shooting’ bougainvillea. Haha


Purple Chrysanthemum. Pretty hor.



Update: This plant is called Kalanchoe.
I have this same kind of plant at home but I don’t know the name. Adui! Haha. Mine is red. πŸ™‚


They’re also available in fuchsia! or is this purple?

Half way shooting, my mom is already shooing me to go home. And yet she’s busy picking out a chrysanthemum pot.


Another mystery flower.


And yes another mystery one.


What a beauty! Knew this is going to be a stunner. Delicate.


Look at the tiny purple petals. So special.

And finally…


THIS. This is the highlight of the day. Look at the water drops. So precious. Couldn’t believe my eyes. It looks like diamond! This photo was taken with my kit lens. I took another shot using the 50mm. They came out pretty much alike.

That’s it. There are more but I think these are enough to feast your eyes.

I noticed while I’m all out doing the photographing, I couldn’t enjoy as much as I would like to like last time. Awww too bad. Hmm and most of my shots were close-up. Not many landscape… after all I’m armed most of the time with a 50mm.

Thank you to the owner of Poh Soon Garden for this opportunity.

p/s: I so wanted to take some shots of the place they lived in (very olden days lookin’). I know because I went into their ‘open’ living space to borrow the toilet. Haha But my kit lens doesn’t fare well in low light condition… so a missed opportunity there. PLUS my mom exclaimed loudly “Why do you want to shoot at people’s home? Go toilet quickly!” AND the horror is a teenage boy emerged out of nowhere. Malunya. (embarrassed)

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11 Comments

  • Reply fufu February 2, 2010 at 4:00 am

    wow so many flowers… i gotta decorate my room also… with mandarin oranges =p hohoho

  • Reply tekkaus February 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Wow…so many flowers here. But I still like the lil mandarin tree. :p

  • Reply xin February 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    love the daisy shot the most! there are also quite a few of ‘dont-know-the-name’ flowers in my house. LOL. i never bothered asking for their names though.

  • Reply jemima February 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Fufu, haha you can find mandarin oranges there ya?

    Tekkaus, so you’re the fruit/plant of guy… haha

    Xin, I like the daisy shot too. Even if I ask my parents or grandma, I don’t think they know the names too. Kekeke

    Jemima, πŸ™‚

  • Reply foongpc February 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful flowers! Nice photos! : )

  • Reply Dawn February 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    The mums are just too pretty. Always love them. My fav is the daisy! πŸ™‚ Oooo just saw a pic of kuih bangkit….

  • Reply Cecil Lee February 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I love the daisy shot the most too. πŸ™‚ Always is part of the Chinese culture (or Malaysian chinese?) to visit nursery for some plants especially lime tree for CNY.
    I tried the 50mm f1.8 before and it’s a great lens to capture close up with smooth bokeh except that I’m not used to it’s focus ring that keep turning and my fingers keep touching it when I focus on something. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 3, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Foongpc, πŸ™‚

    Dawn, the mums are very common but they’re so pretty. πŸ™‚
    Haha so many of you love the daisy.

    Cecil Lee, you too love the daisy shot? I like the last shot the most. Daisy is my 3rd fav. Hehe

    Oh yeah my fingers also touch the focus ring many times. To prevent that I rest my left hand nearer to the camera base.

  • Reply Mei Teng February 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    The red poinsetta’s pretty

  • Reply Che-Cheh February 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Mei Teng, oh yeah. The middle yellowish-red flowers are cute ya.

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