Monday, May 25, 2009

You Calling Me A Basket Case?

Hang On, They're Petunias

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Last July we were on a family holiday in Malaysia, a part of the world I'd never visited before although I have made several visits to neighbouring Singapore. The result was that the clan had a great two-part holiday, on the island of Langkawi where time stood still, and then in Kuala Lumpur where there were too many photographs to be taken, so I couldn't stand still.

This was taken on the main road, just outside our hotel, the Shangri-La, as we walked to the monorail shortly after checking in. I was determined to get as close to the kerb as possible (within the bounds of safety, of course) to take this shot, because I wanted to frame the white petunias with the blue-and-white sign. Yes, it is a taxi bay.

They really do things in style in KL. If you want a taxi, you don't have to stand there windmilling your arms as the traffic flies past you. You just walk to a taxi bay, clearly designated and prominently marked - and hey presto, it all happens as if by magic. And if you do have to wait a minute or two, you have beautiful flowers to gaze at in the interim.

Visit Luiz Santilli Jr for the home of Today's Flowers.

25 comments:

Jewels said...

Convenient, and much more attractive than our bus stops!

Here you have to call the taxi by phone... unless in a city as big as Toronto, of which there aren't many!

immersion said...

'Where time stood still' is now on my checklist of places I want to visit.

Beth said...

How nice of them to provide beautiful flowers while waiting for a taxi.

Merisi said...

" ... too many photographs to be taken, so I couldn't stand still - I feel with you, I truly do! :-)

I am sure you still have all your petunias in place, though. I truly do!

Ananda girl said...

Thank you for answering my question about what the words meant. What a lovely place! Nice shot.

Maggie May said...

I can see you NEVER stand still, David! As a result we get magnificent photos!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

What a delghtful shot David of these Petunias! My someone has taken good care of that basket!
You always find the best shots!
I guess that's because you are Never still.

Zillionbig said...

This is beautiful!!!!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Gorgeous...and I'm crazy about the white begonias against the black post...just crazy about this basket case! ;-) Janine

word verification: remadmon...which I trans. re-MAD-mon!!! ;-)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Beautifully captured as per usual.
You'll make a gardener out of me yet and if I live to be a hundred perhaps a photographer.

Maureen said...

Aw beautiful, and what a terrific idea! So much less stressful way to travel; oh how I wish I could/would travel more.

RuneE said...

And with a sign that even I could understand!

Lola said...

We have similar taxi bays here in Italy. Some even have a phone receiver to pick up calls.

I should take a photo of the one by the Colosseum or near the Trevi Fountain, and send it to you.

Ciao David, your posts are always so special.

Darla said...

lovely hanging container.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

HAHAHA!! That was a good wun!

lakeviewer said...

Very civilized and pretty.

Sandi McBride said...

How lovely to be caught up in civilization and finding it all inclusive, taxi stands and all!
Sandi

Cris said...

They seem to be very organized. Love petunias.

Annie said...

How civilized! And lovely flowers too! Good on you David. Annie

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi David
Wonderful petunias.
Thanks for sharing!

Luiz

Barbaloot said...

Those hanging baskets are gorgeous. I wish there were more of them around Utah---I seem to only see them when I go on vacation.

Shadow said...

now there i'd happily wait for a taxi...

Kathy said...

David how pretty. Around here you have to call for a cab and then wait close to an hour before they decide to show up. They charge a fortune also. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Arija said...

Are you calling yourself one?
great cascade of Petunias.

Denise said...

Sounded like a fantastic holiday. I hope you will share some of your photos from the trip. Great flower shot, beautiful hanging basket.