Friday, January 04, 2008

Rafflesia cantleyi

My latest trek to see the Rafflesia cantleyi in Ulu Geroh gave me an opportunity to photograph the various stages of this beautiful and fascinating flower - from bud to decline. My finger/hand had been placed near to the flower for size comparison. And in case there are some over enthusiastic people out there who may be getting ready to bombard me with their "holier-than-thou" attitudes, at no time did my finger or hand touch the flower.

This is the bud-stage. It takes 9 months to journey from bud to bloom.


A bigger bud.




Almost ready to bloom.


The beautiful flower.


Size comparison.


The beautiful Rafflesia cantleyi.


This is what the inside of the Rafflesia looks like.


The Rafflesia, as seen from the trek.


The bloom starts to wither after 3 - 4 days. This is the sad decline.

9 Comments:

Blogger Divemuster said...

This is a wonderful journey shared. Thank you for taking us thru the pictorial life-cycle of a magnificant flower.

January 4, 2008 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger miloice said...

Nice series ladyhawk :)
The inside of the Rafflesia sure looks like something you'd find under the sea :)

January 4, 2008 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Prof Dr Kamarudin Mat-Salleh said...

Great posting Hawkspy !
This entry is now featured in our http://rafflesia-in-bloom.blogspot.com

January 4, 2008 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger dintoons said...

truly breathtaking... and thought-provoking too!

dear ladyhawk, wishing you a fantastic new year 2008! thanks for each of your wonderfully creative posts, inspirations and encouraging comments! and hope to see lots more of your uniquely creative stuff in this brand new year ahead!!

take care, love n peace, and do keep shooting, creating, posting, and sharing, my friend!! ^_^

January 7, 2008 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger moggie said...

B-eautiful! very well documented, ladyhawk. the best i've seen.

with all the different stages of buds n' blooms, we couldnt have visited at a better time!

January 12, 2008 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger DweezelJazz said...

It's amazing what nature does out of such small initial packages! Beautiful

January 13, 2008 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Asther said...

Yup... a truly educational blog this is! I hope to see the flower one day soon. ;)

All the best in ur recovery.

January 15, 2008 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger david mcmahon said...

What an amazing post. Nine months from bud to bloom!

January 17, 2008 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger lime said...

wow, that's an amazing sequence of pictures. i never would have believed it. what an interesting and beautiful thing. here from david's btw

January 17, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

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