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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Malaysia’s Butterfly – Autumn Leaf (Doleschallia bisaltide pratipa)

This butterfly I notice has a very rapid flight normally seen flying solo along forest and not a very good subject for photography but I get lucky sometimes. A rather common species often encountered during a hot sunny afternoon in a heavily forested environment.
It has dots and lines at the hind wings on a brown background with black tipped fore wings, it certainly stands out along the more mundane species I always see flying close by.
Attempting to identify this species was also challenging as comparison with photos of identified Autumn leaf butterfly shows minor differences in wing markings, my conclusion is that it is a sub-species of the Autumn leaf unique to this particular region of the country.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My recent Bangkok Trip

Here are some rather interesting places I visited during my recent trip to Bangkok in May.

Wat Pho
Wat Pho is reputedly the largest Wat with the most number of Buddha images in Bangkok and is also famous for the Reclining Buddha statue found in it.

The gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The feet and eyes are decorated with mother-of-pearl

Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya river boat trips can be exciting and the scenery along the river is really unique.

Ancient City

The Ancient City, a park dedicated to preserving Thai culture where many buildings and historical places of Thailand is either replicated or painstakingly transferred into the park. If you have only 24 hours to see and absorb Thailand, this would be the place to be.

Crocodile Farm

A visit to the Crocodile Farm in Bangkok is almost a must if you are touring here and you just can’t leave till you pay them a visit. The crocodile and elephant show they have everyday is quite interesting and at the same time it is also a decent size zoo.