Royal True Yellow

In my previous post about finding the Lost Horizon in Shangri-La Putrajaya, I mentioned that the hotel was on a hill in the center of the city.  There is only one other property on the hill and that is the Istana Melawati, the second national palace and retreat house of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia.  Istana means "palace" and Melawati means "guard's tower".

So not only was I in a fabulous garden hotel, I was neigbors with royalty.  Well, almost.  I don't think the King and Queen were in residence while I was there.

I ended up visiting Istana Negara along Jalan Istana, which was the official residence of the King of Malaysia for 54 years up to November 2011.  

Beyond the palace gate are cypresses and casuarinas.

*** Click on this and subsequent images to enlarge.


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Shadows of Earth Hour

At 8:30 p.m. tonight (GMT +08), lights went off in our household and most of the neighborhood.  The only light sources were the street lamps, a neighbor's balcony light and the lights of the security guard at our gate.

Our house.

I spent part of the hour going around my garden and taking pictures of interesting plant shadows.


Araucaria heterophyllaTillandsia fasciculata

Encephalartos kisambo

T. juncea, T. concolor Xchiquensis

Cyperus involucratus

Nepenthes merilliana

Dioon mejiae

Allamanda cathartica

Alocasia spp.

Philodendron selloum

Dracaena marginata

Cycas zambalensisTillandsia bulbosa

Tillandsia andreana

(clockwise from upper right) Tillandsia albida, T. juncea, T. brachycaulos, T. capitata


***All images: shutter 1/8, f/2.0, post-processed (auto leveled and watermarked).



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