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~~Karen Cooper~~

BC, Rain and Waterfalls

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hibiscus Flowers, Central America



I never get tired of looking at the majestic Hibiscus flower in all its various diaphanous colours.

There are a lot of hibiscus plants in Central America. You can spot them growing along the sides of roads like forlorn weeds. They adorn fences and hedges like brilliant scarves of warming colours. They tenaciously display themselves in dusty, overgrown lots for all the world to admire.

Some hibiscus are used for making herbal teas, some for making jams. In Polynesia the fibers in the bark are used for making grass skirts and wigs. Some natives of southern India use the flowers for hair care. It is even used as offerings to goddesses in the Hindu worship. Amazing. Not just another pretty flower.

I pass by one particular plant everyday on my journey to exploring my new community. We have grown accustomed to seeing each other, and I have grown into an admirer of hers. She lets me fumble my attempts with a clunky camera to try and capture some of the essence of her. Her spirit. She never fails to delight me and lift my selfness, in a world where she is not nurtured, tended to, caressed or particularly loved overly much. In spite of all that, she stands tall and brilliant and still puts the show on to say "I am here, and I am still beautiful. If you choose to look, you can share my secrets, too."

I am learning her secrets.

6 comments:

Travel to Scotland said...

Love the photos.Makes me want to go there. Will you travel to Scotland to do a blog?

Jill

DiamondVVV1 said...

Hi Jill..thanks for the comment. Scotland was always a place I wanted to visit, it looks incredibly beautiful.

theysaywordscanbleed said...

that's a sweet relationship with your flower.

arlene,
Puyallup florist

Susanne49 said...

It's a very nice post Karen! And yes, if you can, go to Scotland, it's a very photogenic place to be. :-)

DiamondVVV1 said...

Thanks Susanne. The world is such a fascinating place anyway, made more so when you try to capture it for others to see what we see with a camera. Scotland is definitely on my list to visit.

DiamondVVV1 said...

Thanks Arlene. Flowers are pretty amazing little ecosystems unto themselves, given to us to enjoy. And most of them smell nice, too!!