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For All TN Friends - Rafflesia Kerrii

For All TN Friends  - Rafflesia Kerrii
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-07
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-135mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-09 4:04
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My journey to Lojing from Cameron Highlands - A 3 day trip
To all Trek Nature friends- rare and special too!

The photo is not being post processes, only I did cropping and a little sharpening after resizing. I leave it to be natural.

It was interesting to note the existence of such an interesting and exciting flower in Malaysia. Not many people are interested, except scientists or botanist or nature lovers.
I don’t have much opportunity until 7th May 2010 when I made my trip to Cameron highlands in Malaysia to witness this exciting species for the first time. My previous trips were unlucky because there were no indication or no signs of the blooms. Usually the aborigines or we call them “Orang Asli” would tell the whereabouts.
This time, my opportunity is there to see the flower for the first time.
It took about one hour to travel on road and another hour on off track red laterite jungle trek. It was a very tough climb by the 4X4 Landrover. The road was really muddy, slippery and winding along the side of the mountains. Three times our Landrover broke down. Upon arrival at the last point we have to jungle trek for 20 minutes.
There we saw this splendid flower, a parasitic species known as Rafflesia Kerrii. I have to look into the internet reference to get the name.
It is identified by location and its features. In the conversation with an Orang Asli, he mentioned the name Kamaruddin Mat Salleh. He was one of the famous botanist with special interest in rafflesia from local university. Unfortunately he died of cancer last year. He also visited a few times to see the species blooming.

In TN I search for the species and discover Mr. James Parker @ Jamesp and Joffre Salkeld @ Joffre) who have posted picture of Rafflesia.
With this, I would like to dedicate this specie to all my Trek Nature friends who have been sharing wonderful images in terms of scientific information as well as excellent photographic compositions. Both of these qualities integrate as an art in understanding and appreciating nature.

The flower
Rafflesia was first discovered in the Sumatran rain forest some 180 years ago by Sir Stamford Raffles, governor of the East India Company's establishments in Sumatra, and Joseph Arnold, a naturalist and physician. Shortly before Arnold died of malaria on that same expedition, he described rafflesia as "the greatest prodigy of the vegetable world," adding, "To tell you the truth, had I been alone, and had there been no witnesses, I should think I would have been fearful of mentioning the dimensions of this flower, so much does it exceed every flower I have ever seen or heard of."(Davis et al., 2007)
Rafflesia kerrii is the largest species in the Malay Peninsula. It was first discovered in Ranong, southern Thailand and commonly featured in the Net with photos from KhaoSok in Suratthani. The species is found only in isolated areas in northern Malaysia, especially in Pos Brooke, Lojing, Kelantan where eco-tourists were brought in from Cameron Higland (Kamarudin,2007).

Rafflesia kerrii is a member of the genus Rafflesia. It is found in the rainforest of southern Thailand and peninsular Malaysia, with the most famous population in the Khao Sok National Park. The local Thai names are Bua Phut (บัวผุด) and Bua Tum (บัวตูม)The red flowers have a diameter of 50-90 cm and smell awfully of rotten meat to attract flies for pollination. The plant is a parasite to the wild grapes of the genus Tetrastigma (T. leucostaphylum, T. papillosum and T. quadrangulum). , but only the flowers are visible. Small buds appear along the trunk and roots of the host, which after 9 months open the giant flowers. After just one week the flower dies. The species seems to be flowering seasonally, as flowers are only reported during the dry season, from January to March, and more rarely till July.The flower is endangered. Though already naturally rare, tourists trying to get close to the flower for photos easily trample the host plant or young buds. Also the locals collect both buds and flowers both as a delicacy as well as for its claimed medical powers. A concoction of cooked buds or flowers is used as a general tonic, to help for fever or backache or even as a sexual stimulant. However western medicine doesn't recognize any medical power of the flower.The flower is the symbol flower of Surat Thani Province, which is the location of the Khao Sok NP.
The species is named after the Irish botanist A.F.G. Kerr (1877-1942), the first botanist to collect plants extensively in Thailand. It was Kerr who first collected a specimen of this species in 1927, and further three till 1929. The specimen later used as the type specimen was collected on February 3 1929 at Khao Pho Ta Luang Kaeo near Ranong.

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Hi Foozi,
wow, this one is abstract, like an Ufo ...
Brilliant colours and excellent sharpness, we can see every detail - and wow, it's realy a big flower, amazing.
Thanks for sharing this one with us, I wish I could see it some day with my own eyes.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Foozi. Many tahnk for dedication. Indeed a strange one in excellent DOF and stunning detaisl with great colours and graphic results.


Hi Foozi,

The flower is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the raffesia flower. It is clear and precise. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-05-09 6:03]

I like it that you left it with natural colours, as is, Foozi, because this flower is so amazing! The colours are great too, and isn't it the biggest flower on earth? I think it is. I wish I could see such a fantastic plant! When you tell us about your periple in the forest, I thought you were walking all those long hours to reach to the plant! ;D Thanks for the notes too, very nice to read,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-09 6:15]

Hello Foozi
Wow! Interesting flower and excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-09 6:20]

This is incredible and fine image for the hardship you have gone to get there. Good you avoided PP work and left it just the way it was. Good results and very important capture for you and happy to see the fine results. tfs.

amazing, I envy u very much for seeing it, TFS Ori

Hy Foozi
Indeed, a very rare plant, that I know only from botanical books and some movies. And also a rare prezence here. Very good image and thanks for sharing with us this beauty.

hello Foozi

great close-up photo of this Rain Forest beautiful flower,
it is like a Nature Morte effect photo, with superb focus
great sharpness and details of all the image, TFS


Helllo Foozi,
Undoubtedly, a flower fantastic, almost science fiction!. Congratulations and thank you for this excellent photo documented.

hello Foozi
you have LUCKY to find this BEAUTY
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
great shot foozi
greeting lou

Truly spectacular, rare and special flower Foozi! And even some can say ..No this can not be real! Good use of fill in flash, great details, brilliant natural colors and sharpness. Lucky you !
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-09 12:27]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful shot of this lovely flower. Excellent sharp details, and wonderful colors. The colors stands out very nicely on the BG. I also like your composition and your POV.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-09 14:34]

Hi Foozi,this pic go direct on my prefered..you don't know how i like this kind of flowers,they seem from the same family that "albert" show us from the Reunion Island.It's an incredible spectacle of nature and you take that at the top of quality.Thanks a lot for share,your most imposrtant pic for me! Have a nice week,LUCIANO

Hello Foozi,
Very interesting shot wich mixed the quality of the shot and the valuable note, well documented. Excellent presentation. Best regards,

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-09 23:06]

Hi Foozi,

Great macro of a species that looks like it's from another planet. Very detailed and colourful presentation of this highly unusual flower. That must truly have been something memorable to see! TFS.


Hi Foozi,
perfect detalis,
nice color.
very good

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-10 2:30]

Hello Foozi,
Rafflesia kerrii is really something special, not only by its size. Color and shape are also striking and I heard that the smell is not really the best:-)
Last year there was an exhibition of this flower in my city.
Interesting note too and of course a very well taken picture of the plant in its natural surrounding.
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao Foozi, thanks for this fantastic flower, fantastic bright colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-10 12:18]

This is very nice picture,great colors and excellent composition.Thanks for dedication.
Best regards,

Hello foozi
thanks for showing us this very interesting plant, and it's soooo good presented with crisp clear details, the heart of this flower is well seen thanks the superb POV,
wonderful natural colors and lighting
Have a good night

Hello Foozi,
a fantastic macro shot, brilliant vivid colours, outstanding sharpness, excellent POV and DOF, a very pleasant close composition.
Best regards

Hola Foozi

Una flor muy interesante y poco vista, ya en un documental, vi otra parecida que tambien tenía un olor a carne putrefacta y atraía a las moscas, pero era diferente a esta.

Una muy buena explicación y una imagen explendida. Gracias por compartir.

Un saludo Antonio

wowww... i can't say I've ever seen anything like that before! It looks like an UFO;-).
This is realy exceptional close-up taken from wonderful vantage point of this spectacular flower MF Foozi.
Loving the amount of detail in this capture, and the colour really makes it burst through the screen, as if it's screaming for attention.
I'm impressed in both photographical aspects and aesthetism!
Also thanks for this pleasant dedication!
Have a great day MF!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-05-11 4:24]

Salam Foozi,
Amazing and beauty ...
An unusual flower.Excellent sharp details and colors.
Best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-12 20:54]

Awesome image Foozi,
I have never seen anything like it!! I thought it was a type of sea creature from the thumb nail photo. Super fine detail and gorgeous colors. Thank you for posting this rare specimine for all to enjoy viewing. Great work!!!

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-05-12 21:41]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,

Amazing discovery by the well informative NOTE, by reading this I was floating in the dreams of desire that how could be there and share all these natural beauty.
It is well shot as we read the NOTE more we get close to this, amazing, well captured and DOF. TFS, regards.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-16 22:28]

Hello Foozi,
This is an incredible image of an amazing flower.

Hi Foozi,
Great angle combined with correct exposure has given a very interesting and intricately detailed flower.Amazing bubble like patterns on the outside and the spikey blood redded inside.Thanx for the interesting notes and TFS.

Bonsoir Foozi,
C'est une fleur extra-ordinaire, tant par sa forme que sa teinte, sa taille, et sa façon de pousser.;.
Merci pour ce cadeau

Bonjour Foozi,
Ta galerie est toujours une découverte superbement colorée et très finement détaillée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Foozi

An exciting image from you, and very interesting notes to give background.



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