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Lalbagh flower show august 2008 - awesome display of brilliant flowers, hampi, agriculture styled themes, cacti and vegetable gardens and more!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

/ by Srikanth Eswaran

I had a unique reason to go the Lalbagh 4th annual flower show this time. The last time I had been there I had the opportunity perhaps for one last time to test my Olympus digital still camera (4.0MP) - C770 UZ with images of flowers there. This time the reason was even better - a 10.2MP Canon Rebel Xti DSLR (EOS 400D) with a Tamron 18-250mm lens giving the equivalent of 14x optical zoom.

There was yet another reason too - the elaborate Hampi styled theme at the flower show that caught everyone's awe. The camera did its job well, though macro shots would have come better with the Tamron Macro Lens. But since that would have set me back by another 450$, I decided to stay put with the current lens and took some interesting snaps.

I liked many things in this flower show. Good floral arrangements not only in the glass house but two other separate enclosures outside including the hampi theme stuff. I also liked the fact that many medicinal plants and herbs, many vegetables, coconuts, etc were also showcased, there was a stall with an agriculture theme in it and finally the brilliantly styled hampi theme chariot, ganesha, ugra narasimha statues and miniature carvings of the chariot, and famous kannada poets such as kuvempu, da.ra.bendre, pu.thi.na, masti venkatesh iyengar, gandhi, and marigowda (in whose name this flower show bore significance this time) - all in watermelons and pumpkins, brilliantly crafted one after the other.

I also liked the cacti garden (which we were not allowed into for some reasons) which was a unique concept and had multi variety cacti which were unique and nice to see. The show also hosted atleast 50 stalls of various towns and cultures of karnataka which were selling products specific to those areas. Commendable by all standards.What I did not like though is the fact that there had to be bomb checking squads who were only half doing their work, and the fact that many people missed the hampi theme area simply because there was no signage that led them to it. Shame on you lalbagh for not organizing this properly. However thanks to newspapers, people could actually check it out without fail.

Finally before I end this post, I leave you with valuable pictures of the 4th Annual Lalbagh flower show. CLICK HERE TO SEE MY ENTIRE ALBUM NOW!

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