Selasa, 27 Mei 2008

Shy Kong

Come out and play!
(Gorilla at Schmutzer Center, Ragunan Zoo, Jakarta)

Eye(let)s Wide Open

in full display: peacock at Ragunan Zoo

Everytime I see peacocks, I remember biblical comics I used to read in elementary school. Solomon owned many and they were seen in Eden and Noah's ark. Also, it reminds me of Bill Burrud's serial with the iconic soundtrack. Whoaa I love that man's work! Whales spraying on my BW TV. Phenomenal.

Of course the Javan species is more common than the albino and Indian species. I like the latter. It has blueish gemlike neck feathers and looks more attractive. I learnt that the best way to make them open their fans (peacocks only, peahens are less glamorous), exposing their many an eyelet, is to rouse their temper--it works best with male turkeys. But I won't risk my life if there are no metal wires that separate me and the fowls :)

Smells Strong: Frangipani

I admire frangipanis but they'll be in the bottom of my favorite flowers list. I always put edible plants first if I must choose plants for my garden :)
Frangipanis are indeed curious sappy plants. but I've never had no problems with them. When I was small, I used to climb to get the freshest smell of its waxy flowers. one tree on the left bloomed maroon bouquets while another did white. They were about 4 m tall, tall and graceful in front of my church.

People often say that they grow themselves on cemeteries, where they are commonly found. I din and don't buy that. perhaps people plant them because it requires the littlest care. Rain or shine, just let them there.

They are also notorious for its smell. I ever sniffed the aromatherapy that claims to be its essential oil which I regret. One writer even described the smell as whorish. But i disagree. They smell best when fresh. It is like a mixture of tuberose and a tint of jasmine.