Titan Arum

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Today, I visited this plant twice – once in the afternoon at around 2.30pm and then later in the evening at around 8pm. It has been more than two weeks since the first time I set eyes on this unusual plant that emits a foul smell when it flowers. In previous visits, the plant was the centrepiece in the Visitor Centre of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Today, it has been shifted to the side to make space for a huge artificial Christmas tree. It looked like even the Garden has lost interest in this plant.

Titan Arum – Not much development

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This was my third visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens to see if this plant has flowered. I was there on 27th Nov 2010. The plant was not ready to bloom – another disappointing visit.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Some people dislike walking in the parks for their own reasons. I prefer the parks to the shopping malls. I like to look at greenery and be close to nature. No matter how many times I walk along the same trail or see the same trees, plants and flowers, I never grow tired of them. One day I see a butterfly that I will never see again or I photograph a flower that will die before my next visit. At another time, at the same place I will see the fruit the flower has left behind and see a nervous squirrel scampering up the trunk of a tree. I learn to treasure everything that I see because nothing in life is permanent.

Titan Arum

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This plant was predicted to flower between 17 and 20 November. It is one day late and might be so for a few more days judging by the progress since the last time I photographed it at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Well nature has the freedom to choose when to trigger a flowering phenomenon and today is not it. I am in no hurry and I will be back.

TitanĀ Arum

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I’ve read about this spectacular plant and seen photos of its bloom. I never really thought that I would see one in real life until today at the Singapore Botanic Garden. This plant is expected to flower over the next few days and I will be going back to check on its progress.

Singapore Botanic Gardens – before the rain came

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East Coast Park on a weekday morning

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East Coast Park in Singapore is overcrowded on weekends and public holidays. To go there hoping to spend a relaxing time on those days is a nightmare and the chief problem is parking. So, I avoid this recreational strip on weekends preserving my time to enjoy it on mornings when the majority of the population are at work. The morning light is like a magic paint brush and all I saw before me was beautiful – the sea, the sand, the coconut trees fringing the beach and the old folks winding down from their morning jog and tai chi exercises.

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