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Melastoma malabathricum

Melastoma malabathricum
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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-29
Camera: Nikon D40, Nikon Macro 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 3:20
Viewed: 2735
Points: 40
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Dear TN friends,

Straits Rhododendron | Melastoma malabathricum

This showy bush rapidly colonises wastelands as their seeds are dispersed by birds. As such, the Straits Rhododendron is often considered a weed.

The beautiful flowers last only one day, opening after sunrise, closing the same day, with the petals falling off on the a few days later. The flower has two different kinds of stamens.

The seeds are tasteless and can be eaten, but stains the tongue black. In fact, the word melastoma is Greek for "black mouth".

A better view of the skipper in the WS.


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Ciao Jusni, lovely guest on beautiful flower, splenddi light and wonderful natural colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hi Jusni,

colours are certainly great and the sharpness is incredible.Even the composition is very good.Nothing else to say in front of works like this.



good closeup. thanks for sharing.

Hello Jusni
Beautiful photo with interesting composition and good sharpness. The colours are fantastic.

Hello Jusni,

an nice image from this flower and driking butterfly.
good pov, sharpness with fine colors.
Yes indeed it was a long time ago.

greetz Gert

Hallo Jusni,
a beautiful macro shot of this rhododendron and its host, very beautful picture in workshop showing better Melastroma malabathricum, marvellous colours and very nice composition
Best regards

hello Jusni
super composition with great details and beautiful colours
nice to see you back!
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-29 14:52]

Hi Jusni,welcome back! A magnificent flower and a magnificent macro,i like the point of view and the very impressive sharpness,colors and light balance..and the bonus on background..ehhee...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-06-30 0:51]

Hi Jusni.
Many thanks for kind congratulations and nice comments. I am very touched as well as I am very impressed with your attractive shot taken at wonderful POV. Lovely subject, pleasant for eye delicate lights and colours, fine presentation of the charming flower and its visitor. My compliments and TS.

Hi Jusni,

Read your updated Intro information, most interesting and informative a pleasure to read,

Splendid sharpness with good choice of focal point to maximise your depth, superb exposure/white balance control to enhance these lovely colours, strong composition and love the diagonal flower, i see you have a customer peering over the top left he he, congratulations Jusni and have a nice day,
Best regards,


Hello Jusni,
very pleasant pic with good presentation, colors and sharpness.I also love the elegant BG.The little skypper is just a bonus here.Nice job!
Regarding from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-30 5:53]

Hello Jusni,
A fine well composed capture of a Straights Rhododendron flower, the details well shown from this lateral POV with excellent sharpness and natural colours with the skipper probing with its proboscis a nice addition to the composition.
Thanks and nice to see you are back in action,
Best regards,

Hello Jusni,
Beautiful image of this flower with very good composition, fantastic colours, great details and very nice point of view, nicely done and presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hello Jusni

I love more the photo of the WS, excellent shot
with very fine POV and framing, great focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Jusni,
very interesting photo. Nice natural colours. Great sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-30 9:39]

Hello Jusni,
Good to see you posting again after a long break! A lovely capture of this beautiful flower with a little Skipper peeping out from behind a petal. Excellent sharpness, beautiful light and colours and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Good to see your pictures again, Jusni.
Rhododendrons in our mountain regions are fairly big trees that bear big red, pink or even white flowers. The flowers have a tangy taste and they too leave your tongue purple in colour!
Your Rhodo here in this picture looks like a delicate plant with lovely flowers. The Skipper on this flower is clearly a secondary subject since the flower grabs the entire attention.
A well composed shot with rich colours and nice details.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Jusni,
This is amazing macro, Wonderfull detalis.
Have a good day dear Jusni.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-02 2:58]

Salam Jusni,
lovely view of the skipper semi hiding between the purple petals. Exciting and suspense scenery of what the skipper up to.
Nice details of the rhodo.


Excellent capture, nice species
TFS, Ferran

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