The Flower Issue

Whenever I go birding, I always try to look for wild flowers too, especially orchids. Even though I’m not an expert on flowers at all, I really do enjoy seeing and photographing them. Luckily, I have friends who are interested in wild orchids, as well as flowers in general, whom I can ask for advice on the identification. Here are some of the photos that I took recently from different trips.

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Bauhinia variegata or Orchid Tree is one of the flowers that mark the arrival of summer.

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Lower foothills of Doi Angkhang is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of blooming Orchid Trees. Here, even an Ashy Woodswallow enjoys the hanami (“flower watching” in Japanese).

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Here it is again getting all pumped up among the fiery Scarlet Sterculia (Sterculia colorata) or the more appropriate name, Bonfire Tree.

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Erythrina subumbrans bloomed unusually late this year. It is one of the most popular flowers among forest birds.

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To see the fallen bright scarlet petals on burnt ashes is something different. It normally blooms way before the first fire roams the forest.

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Dendrobium heterocarpum from Doi Angkhang

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Nervilia infundibulifolia is amazingly tiny and cute. I found them growing from tree apiphytes on a medium-sized tree at Doi Angkhang.

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Dendrobium thyrsiflorum, one of the common orchids in montane forest.

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Dendrobium devonianum from Doi Lang

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Dendrobium gratiosissimum is another common species at Doi Lang but always such a delight to see.

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Another Dendrobium gratiosissimum

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Dendrobium cariniferum, a montane forest specialist.

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Eulophia zollingeri, a colourful ground orchid from Doi Pui

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The last flower to finish this post, Schima wallichii, another montane evergreen species of northern Thailand from Doi Lang.

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