Flora Filipina Expo 2012: Landscapes by Lei (Picture Set #2)

Here’s the last batch of landscape shots by Lei.

In summary, here are the highlights of our visit at the Flora Filipina Expo 2012:
– Great-looking bonsai trees (For me!)
– Pretty orchids (For Lei!)
– Excellent landscape arrangements (including a weird vine lady! see below)
– The light rain actually enhanced the beauty of the flowers
– Inexpensive entrance fee, P30 ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all, it was a very fulfilling day as we were able to take lots of nice photographs. Thanks again to Lei for sharing her shots. We would surely be back next year!

ZEN BRIDGE 2 by Lei Vinuya
ZEN BRIDGE 2, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
FRAMED ZEN  by Lei Vinuya
FRAMED ZEN , a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
WALKWAY  by Lei Vinuya
WALKWAY , a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
We were quite startled by this mannequin wrapped in vines. It’s not landscape but still a worthy, albeit creepy, subject:

VINE WOMAN by Lei Vinuya
VINE WOMAN, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
Here’s Lei relaxing in a Zen garden after our photoshoot:

ME @ ZEN by Lei Vinuya
ME @ ZEN, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.

Thanks again to our viewers and hope you enjoyed our photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Flora Filipina Expo 2012: Landscapes by Lei (Picture Set #1)

As I’ve promised in an earlier post, here are the pictures taken by my wife Lei. As I’ve also mentioned earlier, I was not able to take shots of the beautiful landscapes at Flora Filipina 2012 since I’ve concentrated so much on the bonsai trees. Plus, I’m using my nifty 50mm lens so it was quite difficult for me to capture the whole scene.

But enough excuses already. It was a good thing that my wife was armed with our Nikon COOLPIX P300 and she was able to capture the beauty of the landscape arrangements at the Expo.

So again without further ado, I hereby present the landscape shots, as captured by Lei:

FLORA FILIPINA by Lei Vinuya
FLORA FILIPINA, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
RELAXING OLD MANILA GARDEN by Lei Vinuya
RELAXING OLD MANILA GARDEN, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
OLD MANILA LANDSCAPE by Lei Vinuya
OLD MANILA LANDSCAPE, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
RELAXING GAZEBO 2 by Lei Vinuya
RELAXING GAZEBO 2, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.
GREENS by Lei Vinuya
GREENS, a photo by Lei Vinuya on Flickr.

More landscape shots in the next post!

Flora Filipina Expo 2012: More Orchids and a Creepy Vine

After some time, the rain had finally stopped but we still had to use our umbrellas since there were still water dripping from the trees. It was challenging but it was all ย worth it in the end.

Aside from the flowers, there were lots of great landscape arrangements but sadly I wasn’t able to take pictures of them since I concentrated on mostly close-ups of the bonsai trees and the flowers. It was a good thing that my wife was able to take shots of the landscapes. I would feature them here in a future post with my wife as guest photographer.

So without further ado, here’s the last set of my photos from the Flora Filipina Expo 2012:

Creepy! by {israelv}
Creepy!, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Pink Cacti by {israelv}
Pink Cacti, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Tiny Orchids by {israelv}
Tiny Orchids, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Cattleya by {israelv}
Cattleya, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Dancing Lady #2 by {israelv}
Dancing Lady #2, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Lavender Orchids by {israelv}
Lavender Orchids, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

It was really a very fulfilling day for us at the Flora Filipina Expo 2012. We will surely be back next year!

Flora Filipina Expo 2012: Cactus, Flowers & Orchids

At first my wife and I cannot hide our dismay that it was raining as we visited the Flora Filipina Expo 2012. It was really a hassle as we simultaneously try to take shots of the flowers while holding or trying to balance an umbrella on our shoulders. How I wished I had one of those caps with a built-in umbrella. But after reviewing the pictures, we felt that our efforts were not in vain since the droplets added to the appeal of our subjects.

There were so many good subjects all over us that an hour was not enough to cover them all. So we just picked the best as we hurriedly tried to cover as much ground as possible in our photoshoot.

So here’s my next batch of pictures. Hope you like them…

Droplets on Cactus by {israelv}
Droplets on Cactus, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Morning Glory by {israelv}
Morning Glory, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Periwinkle by {israelv}
Periwinkle, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Hanging by a thread... by {israelv}
Hanging by a thread…, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Dendrobium by {israelv}
Dendrobium, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Laying low... by {israelv}
Laying low…, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

More shots in the next post!

Flora Filipina Expo 2012: Bonsai Trees

After reviewing the pictures I took yesterday, I noticed that the majority of my shots from the Flora Filipina Expo were bonsai trees. I was so fascinated by these miniature trees with their sometimes creepy-looking trunks and branches that most of my shots ended up with them as subjects. How I wish I could have brought my Lego Star Wars figures. It would be cool to pose them with the bonsai trees.

My wife, actually, is somewhat amused by my bonsai fascination. She, on the other hand, concentrated on the orchids and the magnificent landscape arrangements since she had a background in interior decoration.

So here they are! All the rest of my bonsai tree shots in all their glory:

Bonsai #3 by {israelv}
Bonsai #3, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #4 by {israelv}
Bonsai #4, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #5 by {israelv}
Bonsai #5, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #6 by {israelv}
Bonsai #6, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #7 by {israelv}
Bonsai #7, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #8 by {israelv}
Bonsai #8, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

More pictures in the next post! Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Flora Filipina Expo 2012: Teaser

My wife Lei informed me about this event weeks before and we had planned to go there last Saturday but we were unable to due to some pressing matters. Today, on exactly the last day of the event, we were able to make it. Withstanding the hunger and the rain, we proceeded to the Quezon Memorial Circle. Actually before going to the venue, we were able to discover a cute resto called Sunglass Cafe and we had lunch there. Upon entering the venue, we paid P30 each. Much to our delight, there was nobody in there but us. We could only imagine the hordes of people who were there last weekend. Now, the venue was all ours with no potential photo bombs in our shots.

Armed with my trusty Nikon D40x with the nifty fifty lens attached, and Lei with the Nikon COOLPIX P300, we scoured the venue like explorers and took shots of the different orchids, cacti, bonsais and assorted landscape arrangements around us. It was pure joy! We never thought that taking pictures of flora was so enjoyable! After more than an hour, we felt a great deal of satisfaction as we stop to review our shots. ย Finally, I took out my handy tripod so we could pose together in one of the beautiful zen gardens there.

Here are just some of my pictures. More pictures in the next post!

Dancing Lady #1 by {israelv}
Dancing Lady #1, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Red Flower by {israelv}
Red Flower, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #1 by {israelv}
Bonsai #1, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.
Bonsai #2 (Juniper Tree?) by {israelv}
Bonsai #2 (Juniper Tree?), a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.