Visiting The Singapore Botanic Gardens (2)

I dropped by again at the Botanic Gardens a week after my first visit as I wanted to take more macro shots of the different orchid species. I like some of the macro shots taken during the previous visit and it made me regret not taking more of them. Unfortunately I made some errors with the camera setting and focus this time so some photos did not turn out very well.
My old Canon have this function where I need to press the shutter button halfway to focus so if I did not ensure that the focal spot is on the object of interest, the latter would turn out blur while the background is fine. This usually applies to photos with objects at close and far range within the same frame.  Due to the sunny weather that day, it was difficult to check the focal point on the camera screen. I realized too that I should not have moved too close to the object of interest but keep at a slight distance so as to capture more of the background for a better balance. Some close-up shots were cluttered with too many blooms. I suppose this novice photographer still have a lot to learn through trial and error.
As we had arrived during mid-afternoon, it was already dusk by the time we finished our visit to the Orchid Garden. Though this may be my 2nd visit to this particular section, there were still many more photos I had wanted to take. I will be back again to cover the rest of the gardens for my next visit.
2015-08-30 15.25.47This is the tembusu tree which is featured on the Singapore $5 note.  After checking with the staff at the information counter, we managed to locate it on the lawn overlooking the Swan Lake.  
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I was rather disappointed that the tree had been fenced up but looking at the support brackets, I can understand why. Being an old heritage tree, this must have been done to protect its unique branch which used to be a very popular photo spot and to prevent visitors from trampling on the area around its roots. Hope it will thrive for many more years.
2015-08-30 15.40.37The Calathia Warszewiczil, named after the Polish-Lithuanian plant collector Joseph Warszewicz

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Plants in the Yeun-Ping McNeice bromeliad collection

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Interesting leaves with serrated edges

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One of my favorites which resembles a pitcher with a fancy headdress.
With its cute ‘face’, it reminds me of the magical plants in the Harry Potter movie.

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Plants with root curtains are always fascinating to me

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2015-08-30 17.00.14From this angle, it resembles a little lady with a purple skirt and fancy wings.
2015-08-30 17.03.16Love the sweet pastel colors

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2015-08-30 17.46.00The bright sunlight in the background gives this photo a dreamy feeling

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2015-08-30 18.31.12Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher, a hybrid in the VIP Orchid Garden. Named after Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the UK, during her visit to the gardens in 1985.
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Another VIP orchid, the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana.
Named in memory of Princess Diana in September 1997.

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