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Bauhinia Monandra (Pink Orchid Tree) Flower Cluster by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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Finally seeing a sparse one or two isolated cluster groups of these lovely pink orchid tree (Dwarf Bauhinia monandra) flowers blossoming in our rural home garden, near Innisfail, Far North Queensland, Australia.

Camera/Shoot Details
Handheld Pentax K-5 II s Lens DA* 50-135
1/100s@ f/2.8, ISO 200, FL.135mm
Date – Jan.13, 2013 Time – 18.04.11
Raw file ~ Processed/edited via CS2.

Since the recent late wet season’s few days of heavy rainfall (delivered by ex tropical cyclone Oswald last week in January 2013) a couple more have bloomed, but they are still only appearing in very limited quantities to date.

Thinking perhaps our tropical soil is not acidic enough but the tree plants are still relatively young and it could be early days of their flowering season. I am observing their progress with keen interest.

Unique flower features

  • Butterfly-like
  • Every cluster appears unique in composition
  • Dwarf Bauhinia Monandra flowers open first as red/rose with yellow tips
    then quickly change to a very sweet pink, then hold the pink
  • a rare variety ~ develops pink orchid-like flowers with red blotches or dots, the uppermost one splotched with deeper red, yellow or yellow-margined.
  • The petals are spreading, each about 2.5 – 4 cm long

Tree’s characteristic features

  • Small, rounded-crowned tree with smooth gray bark.
  • Twin lobed leaves which are 4 to 6 inches across and cleft almost to the middle, giving the leaf the shape of a hoof print.
  • Native of Burma

My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...almost 2 years ago

    Printed Image on Canvas

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thankyou Larry. 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Zefira
    Zefiraalmost 2 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Thanks Zefira.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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