Saturday, June 16, 2012

Alpinia purpurata and the Resident Frog

I planted some Alpinia purpurata (red ginger torch) rhizomes outside the entrance to my abode. The conditions must be most ideal as the clump became much larger and lush in no time. 
 
It thrives under the dappled sunlight created from the ...
 
canopy of Quisqualis indica (Rangoon creeper) above.
Both provide an effective screen from the sun, keeping temperatures lower.
A ginger torch bud begins to bloom.
The flower petals open up from bottom to top.
Apple green foliage sets off the red flower beautifully. 
The yellow flowers of the draping Nong nooch vine is in the background.
 
Mealy bugs love to hide in the many crevices of the flower.
 
This green translucent caterpillar had spunned some strong silky fibres to stitch the edges of the leaf in readiness for its next stage.
The canes created a secluded sanctuary for this solitary tree frog that resides in my Alpinia clump.
It stirred and jumped away when I rustled the canes to get better access for our intimate photography sessions. 
 A new position was assumed on a leaf. The ginger torch was draped with the fallen flowers of the Rangoon creeper towering above.  

The pastel flowers are just a day old whilst the red ones are two to three days old.
 With its bulging eyes and folded forearms, it appeared to be presiding over this clump from his verdant hammock.
 
An insect flew by and immediately roused this otherwise placid frog.
It immediately went on 'predator mode' and managed to get its prey with a quick flick of its tongue. I was so stunned by this murderous act that I failed to capture the scene.
I've always been partial to images of frogs. Here this pair had the rare chance of enjoying the outdoors.
A cloisonne frog and pill box among newly plucked Quisqualis indica flowers.

These are some glass canisters with froggy enhanced covers from my Ranidae collection. 

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