Date: 23rd January, 2012
After how well-received
my last flower show post was, I decided to cover this year’s Republic Day Flower show at Bangalore’s Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens.
I initially planned on waking up really early to avoid the crowds that would be thronging Lal Bagh in the days leading up to 26th January (
India’s Republic Day), but given the cold weather, throwing aside my cozy blanket and getting out of bed early morning seemed near impossible.
So post lunch, I set off.
I parked my bike inside, paid the Rs. 30 entry fee and walked towards the glasshouse
It was 3pm -- and crowded!
I walked around the glasshouse to get to the starting point
Every year the organizers have one major attraction that's the signature showpiece
This flower show's main attraction was a Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist Stupa
This one was modelled on the Buddha Sharira Stupa in Jeju Island, South Korea
Group of Annuals at the corner
Recognized some of the flowers from my last visit
Right next to the Geraniums were the Dahlias
They - were - pretty
These flowers were quite the hit among the public
They had a section for orchids
Needless to say the orchids on display were nowhere near the orchid collection I saw in Singapore’s Orchid Garden.
This was the other part of the main attraction
I don't know what the inspiration behind this piece of work was
Look, a flower swan too
Wonder what flowers they used
I would say the big attraction was quite impressive his year
This section was being arranged by a floral arts school
It wasn't just flowers they were using
They had floral arrangements inspired by select Indian states and their respective cultural contributions
This arrangement inspired by Indian classical dance
Inspired by Kerala's symbolic kathakali dance
These rose-like flowers looked really nice
What the flower is actually called
The ever so interesting cockscomb plant
The Indian flag made using coloured rice grains and our national anthem written using mustard seeds
A portrait of the Taj Mahal made using rice grains
It was time to leave
I actually did two rounds — first with my wide angle lens mounted on the camera, and then a second round with my Tamron 28-75mm macro lens.
This is why I need the Tamron lens for such occasions
I love taking such shots
Took the final few shots of the main attraction at this year's flower show
I had spent well over an hour inside the glasshouse
There weren’t many new flower varieties on display inside, many of which I had seen in the last flower show I attended. Still, I got my money’s worth of photographs.
Saw a kid outside blowing soap bubbles and I had the spontaneous instinct to just click this bubble
I'm glad I did -- check out that reflection!
Followed the bubble as the wind lifted it up in the sky -- until it burst
History of the glasshouse at Lal Bagh
Went up to the fountain
Played around with shutter speeds
Slow shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
I was quite enjoying this
Okay fine, I'll stop
I stepped away from the fountain
It was nearing 5pm
I walked back
Made a quick visit in here before leaving
What's a visit to an attraction in India without the presence of these guys
Inside here, this was drawing a lot near
So was this sand sculpture paying homage to one of India's greatest epics
The branches look like reindeer antlers
All in all, a good photo session
I wonder what the organizers have in store for this year’s Independence Day Flower Show.
If you liked this post, and would like to see more flower photography, also check out:
Photos from the 2010 Lal Bagh Botanical Garden Flower Show, Bangalore
Singapore 2011: Day 3 – Bukit Timah and Singapore Botanic Gardens