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Title: Red Beauty
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 11:16am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 360

Holding the flower with my left hand and snapping the picture with my right hand. Talking about multitasking :)

Title: Green Lanes
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:05pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

This plant was illuminated with the midday sunlight. Love those green glow.

Title: Rusted Metal? Nah.
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 10:47am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A close-up shot on a piece of wilted leaf.

Title: Wilted
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 11:06am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 500

The leaves were curling up due to extreme heat. Look at those linings and ridges formed during the process - dead but still beautiful.

Title: The Cactus Garden
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:23pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A garden full of surprises. Over hundreds of cactus plants with different colour, size and shape. A MUST-SEE attraction in the park.

Title: The Cactus Tree?
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:35pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 125

A healthy cactus plant with lots of small green leaves.

Title: Reaching for the SUN
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:07pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A big flower coming out from the stem :) Wish I can wait for the flower to bloom.

Title: The Thorny Leaf
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:11pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like a piece of oven glove.

Title: Hi, How Are You?
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:06pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Mr. Cactus is waving to me! WELCOMING ME to the Cactus Garden.

Title: Elongated Cactus Plant
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:06pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

An interesting cactus plant with extra long stem - nearly 2m long!

Title: Portable Weapon
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:02pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like one of those medieval weapons.

Title: One Big Happy Family
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:05pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Smaller cactuses growing on this big momma plant.

Title: Thorny Pricks
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:03pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 110

Lots of needle-like thorns.

Title: A Maturing Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:39pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

This matured dragon fruit has a dramatic appearance, bright pink with green coloured spine-like scales. The scales turn yellow as the fruit ripens while the skin peels easily.

Title: Blushing
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:40pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

The dragon fruit is either oval shaped, elliptical or pear-shaped. Inside, the flesh has subtly flavoured sweet taste or sometimes slightly sourish.

Title: The Buds
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:37pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

Two healthy buds growing on the stem.

Title: Cute Baby Dragon Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:37pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

A dragon fruit growing on the stem of the plant. It can be propagated by seed or by stem cuttings.

Title: MAJESTIC Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:41pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

Interesting shape and colours - light green and bright red.

Title: Getting Bigger
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:45pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

A growing dragon fruit.

Title: The Dragon Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:36pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 125

The fruit is growing on the edge of the stem.

Title: Dragon Fruit Trees
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:30pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Endless rows of dragon fruit trees. Dragon fruit (Hylocereus Undatus), a tropical fruit popular in Southeast Asia, belongs to the climbing cacti (Cactaceae) family.

Title: Ciku Fruit (Sapodilla)
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:49pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

I wanna pluck one of these fruits but decided otherwise. The fruit is tough! Strange...it's suppose to be soft like a kiwi fruit.

Title: Ciku Galore!!!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:42pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Baby cikus look like longan. Matured ciku look like kiwi fruit :)

Sigh, I need to walk all the way to the fruits and cactus garden. Buses plying west part of the park only available during weekends. A CRAZY 3.5km one-way route. I don't mind walking all the way since I LOVE NATURE.

I enjoyed the morning walk. It was a COOL and BREEZY day. But, by midday it was SUPER HOT!!! The surrounding temperature was unbelievable (around 35 degree Celcius!) - I can feel my camera lens 'melting'! I was sweating non-stop.

Both dragon fruit and cactus garden are located side by side. I decided to explore the dragon fruit garden first. I saw rows and rows of dragon fruit plants. I was searching high and low for those elusive red coloured fruits. Fortunately, I explored the entire garden. Matured dragon fruit trees are located on the last few rows. The trees over there were bearing small to large-sized fruits.

Later, I walked across the road to visit the cactus garden. The cactus garden is HUGE with over 50 different types of cactuses. You can see variety of flowering cactus, amazing thorny leaves and bush-like cactus. At the inner part of the garden, there are cactuses with large-sized leaves. Sadly, most of these plants were 'tortured' by irresponsible visitors who sketched their names on the leaves leaving permanent scar.

Lastly, I walk for another 400m to check out the ciku or sapodilla garden. The ciku trees were bearing brown coloured fruits that resemble smooth-skinned potatoes. I estimated each tree producing at least 500 fruits.

Remember to follow Part 6 - The Conclusion.

2 comments

  1. fufu Says:
  2. wow ciku!!! i never seen it before!! guess i shall pay the taman a visit sooner before i have no time to do so!!

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. @fufu,

    Ha??? You've never seen it before???? Have you tasted the fruit before? The flesh is soft, sweet and taste like honey.

    Take your time. You can come back to Malaysia once a while.

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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