Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bougainvillea 'James Walker'

Bougainvillea 'James Walker'
(boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh)

Who doesn’t go to Hawaii and take a picture of Bougainvillea? It is kind of hard not to when it is planted in almost every yard. I guess it is kind of like tropical Forsythia in that way. It was blooming pretty heavy in the garden of the house we stayed at. The colors were all mixed up and that looked nice. This was the only named cultivar that was labeled. It was waiting to be planted and the name was written on the pot.


It seemed to working very well as a privacy fence although it looked like it needed to be pruned fairly often. The thorns were not evident but still sharp. I was taking pictures of it every morning and one morning as I walked by a thorn caught my sunglasses and ripped them off. Thankfully that was all it did other wise there would have been some pain involved.

We grow a couple of Bougainvillea in the conservatory at work and usally put a couple of plants out in pots as annuals. I am not the one to look to for cultural expertise. Try this ehow page by Barbara Fahs for more information.

‘James Walker’ seems also to be called ‘Ambience’. It has orange bracts that turn to hot pink. It really provides a nice contrast. This second picture shows how bright the colors are.

These next pictures were shot with the D70s and the 105mm VR Nikon lens. It is a powerful combo and when I remember to use the 105 on the D70 it usually produces good results. I hope you enjoy them as the Butterfly was being a teaser and generally uncooperative. It took a long time to get these two shots.




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11 comments:

VALKYRIEN said...

The bougainvillea is such a beautiful bush/flower. They look like they are made of paper. Lovely shots, and I love that wonderful butterfly!
Have a nice week!

i beati said...

ground upward I love it

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guild-rez said...

Very beautiful pictures of lovely flowering bougainvillea bush.
Thank you for sharing.
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Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
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Maya said...

Beautiful captures of plant and butterflies

Carol said...

Beautiful photos of Bougainvillea. The butterfly too ... lovely. I took the pictures of the Gingko last Tuesday ... hopefully it will be in full color this next one. Carol

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Beautiful photos and definitely worth the time to capture the neat butterfly on the flowers.

Life Ramblings said...

boungainvilleas are one of my fave flowers. and i love the last two shots, so perfect timing.

diane said...

They are pretty but savage plants. I used to have one in my last garden but never again. The thorns are dangerous. Great shots of the butterfly.

Splendid Little Stars said...

fantastic photos!

I saw lots of bougainvilla in the island of St. Maarten.

Carletta said...

Lovely shots - I especially love the last one!