Feb 24, 2009

Macro photos of red fire ants

Fire ants, are stinging ants with over 280 species worldwide. They have several common names including Ginger Ants and Tropical Fire Ants (English), aka-kami-ari (Japanese), and Feuerameise (German).

For these red fire ants, it is not easy to take the picture because the ants won't keep still. And a zero macro is not possible as the ants would climb to the camera's lens.

Red fire ants giving an alarm

Angry red fire ants, ready for a fight

David the little red fire ant, biting Goliath (me) hand

Feb 20, 2009

Nabau, Borneo giant snake

Photograph shows Nabau, the 'giant snake' lurking in Borneo river. Villagers living along the Baleh river in Borneo fear a 100-foot snake could be lurking in the murky waters.

It is not clear whether the photograph is genuine, or a clever piece of photo-editing. Some suggested the 'snake' was in fact a log or a speed boat and others complained the colour of the river in the photo was too dark.

The most common theory is that the photo has been manipulated on a computer. This is known as photo-shopped image.

What do I think about the photos? It's a totally low-quality amateur photo-shopped. In short, FAKE.

Instead of putting your interest in a snake hoax, why not check the real issue of Siltation that killed thousand of fishes at Batang Rajang , a real freak papaya photo from Borneo or a snake head fish photo.

Related posts:
* Serpent Rock, Bako National Park
* Python Reticulatus photo

The Borneo giant snake has become a hot news topic and even being published by foreign media such as:
* Telegraph.co.uk - Photograph shows 'giant snake' lurking in Borneo river
* LiveScience - 100-Foot 'Borneo Monster' Said Photographed
* DailyMail.co.uk - Picture of 100ft-long 'snake' sparks fears of mythical monster in Borneo
* Mirror.co.uk - Is '100ft long snake' mythical Borneo monster or just a photo fake?

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Feb 18, 2009

Two cats and a string

I'm trying out Google Video so I uploaded two short clips of two mixed breed Siamese cat playing with a string.

Two cats and a string - Part 1

Two cats and a string - Part 2

Related posts:
* Mix Breed Siamese Cats Napping

Makna nama Proton MPV Exora

Sebenarnya, perkataan Exora tidak membawa sebarang erti. Ia adalah kata suara seperti kata Bahasa Inggeris, Ixora. Ixora adalah sejenis bunga yang tumbuh di tanah tropik.

Di Malaysia, Ixora juga dikenali sebagai Bunga Santan.

Hal yang menarik tentang bunga Ixora ini adalah bahawa bunganya macam bergabung atau berkumpul sama seperti sebuah keluarga dan kereta MPV Proton Exora memang sesuai untuk orang yang berkeluarga besar.

Related posts:
* Exora Proton latest MPV named after Ixora
* Gambar Ixora (Bunga Santan)

Feb 17, 2009

Exora Proton latest MPV named after Ixora

The latest model of Proton car is called Exora, named after Ixora, the flame of the wood. Proton Exora MPV which is a few years in the making, will be available for booking on Fri Feb 20, 2009 and likely to be priced below RM80K.

Proton Exora unvieled.

Latest photo of Proton Exora - Theophilus Chin

New Proton Exora

Ixora coccinea flower

I think Exora is a nice name considering that Proton has baptised its previous cars with awful name as "waja", "saga", "juara", "gen2" and I-forgot-the-pickup-name.

For the latest photos or pictures of the new Proton Exora MPV, check out the following links:
* HOT: Proton MPV 100% fully uncovered!
* Proton MPV, latest pictures

Related posts:
* Ixora Petal And Water Droplets
* Ixora coccinea flower, Flame of the Woods, Jungle Flame

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Feb 16, 2009

Dragon Fly - Series#3

Photo of a tropical Dragonfly from Borneo perched on an Ixora leave.

Related posts:
* Tropical Dragonfly - Series #2
* Tropical Red Dragonfly - Series #1

Feb 15, 2009

Green fly

A green (lime green) fly. It's not a common housefly. It's not a bottle green fly. It look similar to a blowflies. Only the fly's abdomen is lime green. The rest of it's body parts are black.

Some thought that Aphids are green fly. Well, Aphids are usually green and usually in a group.

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Related posts:
* Housefly Sex, Series #2
* Adventure of two flies (Fi and Fo)

Feb 8, 2009

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Feb 7, 2009

Ixora berry

Photo of Ixora's berry.

Related posts:
* Ixora Petal And Water Droplets
* Ixora coccinea flower, Flame of the Woods, Jungle Flame

Feb 6, 2009

Tropical Venus Flytrap in Borneo

The Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey—mostly insects and arachnids. Its trapping structure is formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves comes into contact with one or more of the hairs twice in succession, the trap closes. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against the spurious expending of energy toward trapping other, non-living things which may not reward the plant with similar nutrition.

The Venus Flytrap is a small plant, forming a rosette of four to seven leaves, which arise from a short subterranean stem that is actually a bulb-like object. Each steam reaches a maximum size of about three to ten centimeters, depending on the time of year; longer leaves with robust traps are usually formed after flowering. Flytraps that have more than 7 leaves are colonies formed by rosettes that have divided beneath the ground.

The leaf blade is divided into two regions: a flat, heart shaped photosynthetic capable petiole, and a pair of terminal lobes hinged at the midrib, forming the trap which is the true leaf. The upper surface of these lobes contains red anthocyanin pigments and its edges secrete mucilage. The lobes exhibit rapid plant movements, snapping shut when stimulated by prey. The trapping mechanism is tripped when prey items stumble against one of the three hair-like trichomes that are found on the upper surface of each of the lobes.

The trapping mechanism is so specialized that it can distinguish between living prey and non-prey stimuli such as falling raindrops; two trigger hairs must be touched in succession or one hair touched twice, whereupon the lobes of the trap will snap shut in about 0.1 seconds. The edges of the lobes are fringed by stiff hair-like protrusions or cilia, which mesh together and prevent large prey items from escaping. (These protrusions, and the trigger hairs, are probably homologous with the tentacles found in this plant’s close relatives, the sundews.) The holes in the meshwork allow small prey to escape, presumably because the benefit that would be obtained from them would be less than the cost of digesting them. If the prey is too small and escapes, the trap will reopen within 12 hours. If the prey moves around in the trap, it tightens and digestion begins more quickly.

Speed of closing can vary depending on the amount of humidity, light, size of prey, and general growing conditions. The speed with which traps close can be used as an indicator of a plant's general health. Venus Flytraps are not as humidity dependent as are some other carnivorous plants, such as Nepenthes, Cephalotus, most Heliamphora, and some Drosera.

Photo location: Jln Stakan, Kuching

Feb 4, 2009

Joyriding dogs

Photo of three dogs on a pickup truck taking a joyride. Lucky dogs.

The joyriding dogs were spotted at Kpg Quop/10th Mile Bazaar junction, Kuching.

Feb 2, 2009

Freak papaya from Borneo

This my second series on nature's freak. The first one was about a Branched coconut tree. Below is a photo of a freak papaya which bear 3 papaya fruits on a single stem. A triplet papaya.

Above: While branched papaya tree is common, branched papaya fruit is rare.

How a normal papaya tree look like.

The papaya (from Carib via Spanish), is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya, in the genus Carica. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, and was cultivated in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican classic cultures. It is sometimes called a "big melon" or a "paw paw" but the North American pawpaw is a different species, in the genus Asimina.

Location of photo subject: My house backyard at Kuching.

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