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Queen of The Night - Bunga Bakawali

Queen of The Night - Bunga Bakawali
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Copyright: Terry Sidion (boomcat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2581 W: 75 N: 4241] (16869)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 2.8-5.2/6.3-18.9
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/8 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-59 points Part Nine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 4:23
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,

some of you may know this flower some im sure don't.. This majestic flower have so many names. Queen of the night, Dutchman's Pipe, Midnight Bloom, etc.

But to us in South East Asia there is a legend and myth behind this Bunga Bakawali name in Malay. However, it is called Epiphyllum Oxypetalum in Scientific terms. With an intoxicatingly extravagant fragrance, it will only bloom once, in the mysteriously unpredictable dark coldness of the night. A trait that makes this most rare flower only more obscured in Malay myths and superstitions. It started to bloom at 8.00 pm and fully bloom at 12.00 midnight.. after midnight it will slowly fading and totally close (dead) at 3 am.

so far this year this is only the one in bloom.. big in size too actually its pure white but in my camera the Bakawali look a bit yellowish in some part.

Hope you like this. thanks for looking.

cheers, terry

“If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living” ~ Henri Poincare

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-01-27 4:54]

Wow Terry. With such a short life span in the night and you were able to capture it . What a treasure this is. Your colour and the detail are stunning and the beauty of this wonderful capture is perfectly shown. Excellent work !
Warm Regards

Hello Terry

In fact her favor well this name.
for his beauty and wonderful presentation.
silky and soft. a great capture!
amazed with the beauty of this pic.


Super beautiful macro shot . Good concept .
Bravo Réal.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-01-27 8:03]

Hello Terry, very nice flower, great note too. Great details and well composed, a bit dark maybe. Thanks !


Hi Terry,
Intersting story of an elegant flower.
like a star at night.
Thanks for Henry Poincare's quote.
Selahattin E

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 0 N: 697] (2745)
  • [2008-01-27 11:01]

Hi Terry,

This is the first time for me to see this flower and I like your capture, it's beautiful. Good details and lovely colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-01-27 11:06]

Great macro of the lovely flower, Terry. So fragile and yet so adorable.

Well done. TFS


well presented Terry, you manage to capture the beauty of this mystical flower on a short span of its life. sharp and detailed. thumbs up!.

Hello boom

Woo its beautiful flower and nice colors
very sharp image and nice BG
Well done


Hello Terry!
Wonderfful flower! Great macro! Excellent photo! Nice note!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

Salam Terry,
What a superb macro shot.Excellent POV, light and details.Well done.TFS.


This is brilliant Terry. I always adore white flowers and you have darkened the background perfectly to show the details of the inside. Good shadow management to see those fragile petals which is rather difficult with whites. Stamens are sharp too.



Hola Terry,

Menuda captura amiga !!! una composición fabulosa, me gusta el fondo elegido ya que resalta mucho mas el motivo, esa Reina de la Noche. Felicidades.



Satu lagi nama ni bunga... Bunga Kambang Malam, abis tanga malam baru mau kambang, kan. sudahlah kambang tanga malam, tiada warning-warning lagi... Macam puntilanak gia tu.

Saya suka color softness, and tidak terang dan tidak galap. Sesuai dengan karakter misteri sang Bunga Kambang Malam ni. Dengan warna gelap suram di belakang, dengan wangi-wangi... tinggal taruk asap kemenyan saja, buli suda kasi nama Bunga Kambang Malam Puntilanak.

Cantik dan Seram,

Hello Terry,
AHA...we call this flower as "Bramha Kamal". B/c as per Hindu mythology this flower generates from the naval of Lord Bramha (creator of world).
Very nice capture of this delicate flower.
Sharp and well composed. TFS

Thanks for the flower Terry .. it is apreciated.. {@[email protected]}
Welldone .. since often we do not see details in the white ranges .. due to overburn..but you handled well!
I also go along with you about the green leave left top.. but the little yellowish/pinkish sort of ? leave is a little disturbing ..or is it me..? NOT at all has it an impact on the photo.. that is VERY nice!!
Flu all gone?!?

WOW Terry, and you took this picture just before midnight - how wonderful for you to see it.
What a beautiful flower.
Tell me, do any insects come along and germinate it? What use is the flower? Does it have seeds or how does it multiply? Or does the plant die too after it flowers? Some plants do die after they flower once.
Lots of questions, sorry, but it seems such a waste, and I am so pleased you went to see it this week so you could share it with us.

Hello Terry,

Wonderful photograph of ths beautiful flower. I think that its name in Brazil is "Dama da Noite".
Congratulations! TFS

on tuesday

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-01-29 1:49]

Hi Terry dear friend ;)))
great, original and very impressive..TFS
Best wishes,
J ;)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-29 3:43]

Stunning textures and wonderful details in this crisp flower.
Beautiful work

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-01-29 4:02]

Hi Sis,

I have never seen this flower before..good note to describe the details and good POV too..



Hi Terry,
Beautiful flower,very good macro.
Best regards,

Hello Terry
Lovely macro and shot.
Very nice colours and frame.
Well done.TFS.

Hi Sis

Ini bunga bakawali kah? akubaru tau nie... memang cantik... nanti satu hari akau ingin juga ambil nie... congrats

Amri HMS

Hi Boom,
Lawa bunga ko ni,kan rebah ku meliat..bunga bakawali lagi tu...kegemaran ku..banar boom aku suka berabis ni bunga ani..bunga banar kah plastik ni boom..betuah nya tangan..tangan bini2 tah banar..tangan laki2 payah kan dapat ni boom..hehe...boleh stock kan untuk ku boom..hantarkan saja ka Brunei pakai DHL kah,apa kah asalkan sampai ka tangan ku..hehehe..jangan marah...hehehe..baibun boom..:)
Sal bunga ni boom ah..ni aku kritik dikit..
" L A W A - L A H "
dikit kan..:)bah atu saja..

Terima Kasih kritik foto "F/T ROCK OR ROCKS"

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4436 W: 640 N: 9631] (55122)
  • [2008-01-30 1:40]

Hi Terry

Good graphism, of the white on dark, in this superb floral macro. Tfs!

Wow Terry,
What a nice picture! Details are impressive and the contrast between black and white is stunning! This is wonderful specie! I like this green leaf up left that adds a plus to this composition. Very nice!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1631 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-02-09 11:29]

Hi Terry,

YOu have captured the best flower in the world... and I was name after this flower in my chinese name. They were brooming all over in my grandmother's garden at the night I was born, that's why I was name after it, but still I only ever see this flowering once in my life...

You have done well... such great details and sharpness, well worth the wait...:D Excellent caotured


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-05-03 1:39]

Hello Terry,
an excellent subject delivered here. A white flower which is hard to render well. A very crisp and clear subject. Besides being symmetrical, the dark BG make the flower stands out.
Beautiful and interesting subject to discuss too - cause this flower is quite refrred to in Malaysia.


hello terry,
What an amazing flower and you have captured it so well with the colour and detail.
A real gem. The stamens are so unusual.
Take care, Joni

Hi Terry, a real queen which i did not see before. The central part's structure is just amazing. Perfectly focused and composed macro MF!
TFS and cheers,

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