So this morning, right after breakfast, I had the urge to just go somewhere for a shoot outdoors. I quickly packed my 5D Mark II, EF 100-400mm, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro including the PowerShot G11. I almost don’t leave home without the G11 nowadays. I say almost because there are days when I left it home by accident, you know, that thing to do with age and memory. Although the EF 100-400mm telephoto lens came in handy for the woodpecker photo I posted a moment earlier, this panoramic view of the Luagan Lalak clearing was captured with the G11 with two separate shots stitched to get this beautiful scenery. I say beautiful because all the right elements are there: nice blue sky, green vegetation, puffy yet dramatic cloud presence none over-exposed, water, reflection all combined to give a scene of tranquility. Hope you enjoy this piece!
click on photo to unfold panoramic view of Taman Rekreasi Hutan Luagan Lalak
Added photo below from our family outing this morning – Sunday 17th June 2012
Fishing at Luagan Lalak a favourite past time with the locals. PHOTO: PowerShot G11
The Woody Woodpecker is a popular cartoon character that was created long before my kids were born and its success evidently stuck around longer than I cared to follow. I hadn’t realized the Woody Woodpecker character included family members, niece and nephew, Splinter and Knothead respectively, including girlfriend, Winnie Woodpecker. In this day and age of TV entertainment, it’s very easy to lose track between abstract and reality, the bird cartoon and the real bird. I could always rely on Google for pictures of anything when I needed but nothing beats learning in the wild. When I reached one of the shelters at the Luagan Lalak clearing it was so quiet I could hear noises made by insects and birds. The pecking noise made by this woodpecker in the distance (closer to the road) echoed in all direction. The noise continued and got louder as I walked towards my car the whole time I wasn’t entirely sure what the source of the knocking noise was until I finally caught sight of the tiny bird perched up high on a tree (I spotted it with my EF 100-400mm lens).
Woody Woodpecker's girlfriend Winnie seen here posing with guests at Universal Studios Singapore.
According to a Facebook comment: Steve Martin “Looks fairly similar to the woodpeckers that live in my backyard, although the ones in my neighborhood do indeed have red feathered heads!”
Woodpecker photographed pecking on a tree next to the concrete steps at Luagan Lalak Forestry Park in Labi, Brunei Darussalam. Clearly this woodpecker doesn't have a red crown or yellow beak or pink dress.