Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ABC Wednesday: U is for Upside Down

We have been showing pictures of Tuscany during the last several weeks.  I thought it is about time to show some images back home in Taipei.  A week ago, I went to the Taipei Botanical Garden.  It was the first time after the trip to Italy that I had time to do some photography in Taipei.  This Intermediate Egret, Egretta intermedia was Upside Down cleaning itself in the lotus pond.

Well, to be fair, here it is right-side up.

The lotus was completely dry up in the winter.

At closer look, I could see the dried seed pod was bending over and dipped its head Upside down on the surface of the water.  The nature is so smart, the dried stem cannot bear the weight of the seed pod and bend over, the seeds in the pod then naturally fall right to the button of the pond and wait for next spring to germinate.

Grace went with me to the Taipei Botanical Garden last weekend.  She took this picture of Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax with her new Nikon D7000 and her beloved 18-200mm VR lens.  One of the first ten D7000 arrived to Taiwan last week.  Can you see the Upside down reflection of the bird.

Here is a proper look of the bird with its amazing bloodshot eye.  We even took HD movie of the bird with the D7000...., not much different from the still picture.  It hardly moved.

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9 comments:

RuneE said...

Water and birds - a very nice recipe for Upside Down photos :-)

Janie said...

The upside down egret is quite funny!
Interesting how the lotus heads bend for the best distribution of the seeds.
The bird with red eyes is lovely and so cooperative to stand still for photos.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. These pictures are very beautiful. I love them. I have never seen an upside down egret. Fascinating!

Sylvia K said...

I love your upside captures and so great for the U Day! And you did get great cooperation from the birds! Really superb captures as always and it looks like such a fun day for all of you! And what a cooperative, red-eyed bird -- think maybe he had a hangover?? Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

beautiful, if bewildered birds.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

Wow! Fabulous photos and a unique take on today's letter U...have a great week. :D

Jedediah said...

Beautiful birds and the reflection of the heron is great, very sharp.

photowannabe said...

Great upside down shots and its fascinating to learn about the Lotus flower. Perfect choice for the letter U.

shu said...

FInally have some time to catch up with your photo posting - both Taipei and Italy. They are just so beautiful.

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