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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Serenade of Senduduk

Senduduk's flower has no scent as sweet as roses. Even the color is pale. But once it opens exposing the yellow stigma, it lives up to the occasion and manage to attract the prince charming!




The prince charming is in the form of a beetle.

These beetles like to bore holes into dead wood. The holes, large enough for each to squeeze in become their nest. They lay eggs there. When we were kids, these beetles appeared as a must item, as exciting as fighting fish, little spiders, climbing up trees etc, etc..

The other day, as we were fluffing the soil, Kakdah stumbled upon a big brown larva as big as kakdah's big toe an inch under the soil surface. It just wriggled. It may open up as one of these beetles too, I think. Kakdah just left the larva alone.

...
...
O noble pilot, tell me true,
Is that the sheen of golden hair?
Or is it but the tangled dew
That binds the passion-flowers there?
...
...

by Oscar Wilde Serenade


11 comments:

  1. Thank you for the Oscar Wilde quote, so beautiful here. It's wonderful these flowers give you so much pleasure.

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  2. > Ancel...
    Not many flowers in our garden. So senduduks seem to be the focal point for now... When we dont have many to look at, it becomes natural to admire senduduk... haha..

    After a while, I can almost pinpoint when the flowers will open and close. These flowers last for a few days. They dutifully open up around 8 - 9 am and close down and call it a day around 6 pm... They continuously do that for a few days until they get tired, and fall off, leaving berries up there..

    Have a nice day Ancel.
    ~ bangchik

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  3. I love the first picture! The beetle's wings... flipping so fast and hard he he he...

    I wish you have a restful and enjoyable weekend!

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  4. > stephanie
    The beetle is quite heavy, so it really has to flip fast and hard....
    A good weekend to you too,
    ~ bangchik

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  5. You remind me about my childhood. The beetle looks great flopping around.

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  6. Bangchik, this beetle has power! Big and mighty, ada oomph-lah. By the way it is flapping its wings, at first, I thought it was a bee!

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  7. Great picture of the beetle flapping it's wings.

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  8. > rainfield61
    > Belle
    > Jo

    Sorry rainnie for bringing childhood nostalgia back to you.
    The beetle is big, the size kakdah's toe, and the poor guy has to flap hard to be airborne. Did you notice the yellow ring around its neck?.. a radar to hunt for senduduk's yellow stigma!! haha.

    Rainnie, Belle and Jo, thanks for the comments.

    Cheers,
    ~ bangchik

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  9. Lovely flower. Nice shot of the beetle!

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  10. Very nice beetle picture. You are very good with the camera.

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  11. > Kim and Victoria
    > mlc

    Thanks for the comments. It was not easy to shoot that beetle. It's always on the move.

    ~ bangchik

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