Thursday, May 1, 2014

Arisaema engleri

Just before Christmas, I bought a new camera - a swanky Canon 600D. For too long I had been frustrated by the limitations of various point and shoot cameras I'd tried in the past. Whilst being fine for general use, they just won't capable of taking the kind of photos I had been wanting.

The new 600D has been a wonderful improvement, and whilst I am still learning how best to take photos with it, I am enjoying the results achieved so far. I'm sure that this newly resurrected blog will feature many of my new photographic efforts!

Now that Arisaema season is well underway here (the first species having been in flower now for several weeks or more), I spent an enjoyable half an hour unwinding in the garden with the new camera photographing Arisaema engleri in the warm evening light.

Arisaema engleri is a lovely species from China , first described back in 1910. My plants have a sinister appearance with a deep  maroon spathe with creamy white vertical stripes. The spadix does not protrude from the spathe mouth, and remains hidden inside, terminating in a pale grey, almost white tip. All my specimens have produced male flowers, so no chance of seeds this year. Here's hoping that they have a good season's growth and are able to bulk up for the next.

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