tagged X: xyloid

The vivid orange color of the crossandra flower petal looked so attractive and striking against the woody earthy background. I made use of driftwood and it’s xyloid texture provided character and substance on my rather simple photo subject. The soft and creamy bokeh at the right side of the photo made it more visually appealing and pleasant.

IMG_6455

crossandra petal

Definition of xyloid: (adj.) (botany) of, relating to, or resembling wood; woody or having woody characteristics. Origin from the Greek word xyl (wood) + oid

For more Tagged X stories/photos, head over to Frizz’s blog.

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.

IMG_6449

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.

sunday post: people

The sound of a helicopter flying above us was deafening.  But it was a sound that everybody has been anxiously waiting for. Everyone was in a festive mood, lovers in tight embraces, kissing and holding hands while witnessing the event. It was Valentine’s Day!

With the camera in my hand, i looked up and it’s happening now, a shower of rose petals… it was magical, exciting and fun. All of us cheered so loudly. The wind blew the rose petals scattering them around the plaza and everyone scampered to collect them as they fall to the ground.

rose petals

rose petals

To participate in the Weekly Sunday Post challenge, just click the flying dragon widget and it will direct you to Jake’s blog.

Happy posting!