the mystical orange flowers

Hi everyone..  As promised, i went back to my mother’s garden this morning and took lots of photos of the mysterious orange flower. My first post about it which you could find here had created quite a stir because no one knew the name of the flower even if the post had been reblogged by some blogger friends just to help me in finding its identity. Anyway, here are lots of photos and some descriptions about the plant and the flower and i am still hoping that maybe someone could finally recognize it and reveal its true name.

The flower stem holds several spikes which form into buds.

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the flower stem

One spike opens up into a single petal and when the buds open up, it forms petals which are neatly layered one on top of each other forming a cluster. They are vibrant orange in color .

the flowers

A single petal is about 2.5 to 3cms. in size. It is soft and delicate.

petal

this one consists of 2 flower stems

a close up view of the flower stem

Observing the plant, i noticed a dried up flower stem with spike-like casings resembling that of wheat.

seeds

A seed is formed for every dried petal which makes me believe that the petal itself may actually be a single flower.

seeds

I am sure that someone out there may know its true name but in the meantime, I think i would refer to it as the mystical orange flowers.

photo of the day: snowflake flower

Here’s another flower that i took photo of.. the Snowflake or most commonly called the White Angel flower here in the Philippines. It is about 2 cm. in size that look like a snowflake hence the name. The flowers have no scent but when in bloom they look like a carpet of little stars or snowflakes in the garden. The plant could grow to be a bush but a little trimming to keep it’s height would do well.

It is also called the Milky Way, Winter Cherry Tree, Arctic Snow, Pudpitchaya, Sweet Indrajao and Hyamaraca. (reference: TopTropicals)

white angel flower

white angel flower

It’s a beautiful morning after a slight drizzle. The sight of pretty flowers always brighten up the day. I hope all of you have an awesome morning as well.

photo of the day: orange flowers

This morning, i noticed orange flowers in bloom in my mother’s garden. When i asked her what those gorgeous looking flowers are, my mother said she doesn’t know because they just appeared in her garden.

orange flowers

orange flowers

Tomorrow, i’ll be back to my mother’s garden and will try to get some of these plants. I love the color of orange. Wildflowers or not, i want these plants in my garden.

Dear friends, do you know the name of this plant? I would appreciate it very much if you would message me what these flowers are. Thank you 🙂

UPDATE: The flowers are called CROSSANDRA. Thank you Arlene and Maria.

photo of the day: a curl and some bokeh

Being a green apple in photography, i never really knew the term ‘bokeh‘ until i found the word in one of the photoblogs that i’ve been following.

I took lot of photos during my little adventure in my backyard but one photo stood out the most because it accidentally had bokeh. I was so excited. I think i need to thank the little rays of sunshine that peeps through the leaves thus creating that burst of circular white lights at the background.

tendril

tendril

Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. The term comes from the Japanese word boke which means “blur” or “haze”. The English spelling bokeh was popularized in 1997  to suggest the correct pronunciation to English speakers. – excerpts from Wiki

Furthermore, as i searched around the web, i learned that there are also classifications of bokeh. These are the poor or the harsh bokeh, the neutral bokeh and the good bokeh. The harsh bokeh are those that similarly looked like donuts or with holes in the middle with hard outlined edges that are very distracting. The neutral ones show a smooth and slightly outlined edges. The good ones are those with super smooth edges that blend together nicely and appear soft and “creamy”. Well, based on Ken Rockwell’s diagram, i think my photo has a combination of neutral and good types of bokeh so i’m giving myself a little pat on the back. 🙂

travel theme: new

Posting a photo a day is something NEW to me and a new challenge for 2013.

I need to warn you though that i am not a good photographer but i will try my best to post good if not better photos. Oh dear me, can i really do this on a daily basis? Wish me luck! Thank you Alastair for your motivation 🙂

What a better way to practice taking photos but right in my own backyard.

My PHOTO OF THE DAY: pretty little flowers.

wildflowers

wildflowers

What does NEW means to you? Visit Ailsa’s blog wheresmybackpack to know more about the Weekly Travel Theme.

Now thinking of what to post tomorrow..

It’s the third day of the year and i hope everyone is really having a good start.