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Friday, October 14, 2022

Gallimaufry#53

Just a gallimaufry of photos ๐Ÿ“ท 

Ranong (Asystasia intrusa)

Candelabra tree

Lethal beauty
If a drop of the white sap from the inner tree comes into contact with the skin, a blister will form. Even breathing in the fumes causes burns, and if it gets in your eyes, it will make you blind. The poisonous sap and sharp spines are its defences against herbivores. Interestingly, the tree's milky sap can be an important source of water for Africa’s black rhinos. ๐ŸŒต

Lunch  Bibimbap
Bibim in Korean translates as mixed, and bap means cooked rice.
So bibimbap literally means mixed rice.  Before eating it you’re supposed to mix everything all together.

FROM THE TRAVEL ARCHIVES

Engelberg 2019

WHEN A ROSE IS NOT A ROSE ...

I was taking an evening stroll in the park in my neck of the woods when I stumbled upon this curious beauty that resembled a rose. Just as I was about to zoom in on the bloom with my phone, it started to drizzle. I sprinted home just in time to escape the full fury of the monsoon rain.
When I returned to the park the next morning, I found a white flower on the shrub instead!
Hmmm, was I more demented than I thought, or was the shrub messing with me?
I had no idea what the flower was, so Google Lens to the rescue! Turned out, it was a Confederate rose (hibiscus mutabillis), technically a species of hibiscus with the unique property of changing color throughout the day. The bloom opens in the morning as a beautiful white or a subtle pink, and gradually darkens during the course of the day. By evening, the petals of the Confederate rose typically achieve a deep red appearance.
Time-lapse photos by Vinayaraj @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Vinayaraj
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Its name is steeped in legend. As the story goes, a wounded Confederate soldier laid bleeding upon  a white-flowering bush for two days and stained its blossoms red, or dark pink, with his blood before dying.

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 Over a period of two days, the Confederate rose gradually turned from white to a purplish pink before wilting.

The Drop" Be the drop that freely falls and becomes one with water ...
  You might not be able to perceive the ripples you have created right away,
  but water will allow you to feel how their love
  comes back to you again and again."                                   Author unknown

My Corner of the World

62 comments:

  1. As always I love your photos, Veronica. The Confederate rose is totally fascinating, and i love the story to it. And that bibimbap looks yummy! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  2. That's an amazing rose. I wished it grew in my area.

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  3. Wha a beautiful rose. It's a great way to start my day. It could only get better if I had the bibimbap for breakfast!

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  4. That mixed rice Korean dish seems a well balanced meal!
    Great post about a species of hibiscus that changes color throughout the day! Information I didn't know :-)

    Beautiful picture of snowy mountains from your traver archive! ... I've never been to that village resort in Switzerland, although it is located so close to my country.

    Have a nice weekend, Veronica!

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  5. What a beautiful selection of photos this week, Veronica. I'm especially drawn to the flowers this time, perhaps because all of ours are gone for the season!

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  6. So fascinating about the color change of that rose! I think I would have to spend the day there studying it as it made its transformation!

    betty

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  7. So nice to read the story about the Hibiscus mutabilis, Veronica! ๐ŸŒบ I had earlier a plant named Hibiscus syriacus, and it's not difficult to see that they are related. They are very similar to each other.

    Hugs from your friend in Norway! ❤

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  8. Precioso post. Me gustan todas las flores. Gracias por compartirlas.
    Un abrazo.

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  9. A nice collection of wonderful food photos

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  10. Dearest Veronica,
    Engelberg in Switzerland is quite a beautiful location!
    Some ten years ago we used to have a gorgeous Confederate rose in our garden: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2010/08/3-hibiscus-varieties-kona-confederate.html
    We somehow lost it... LOVED its huge flowers and we see several on our biking routes.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  11. Your photos are always beautiful - the flowers, the food, the surroundings. Been busy but beginning to catch up.

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  12. How lovely to see the flowers, they are pretty.

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  13. Confederate rose sounds really fascinating!

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  14. I really enjoyed the beautiful flowers that your shared and the explanation of bibimbap- I've eaten it at a restaurant in NYC but could never seem to find a way to remember how to say it. Now that you shared that bap means rice- and bibim means mixed- I can easily remember the two words. Thanks

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  15. The confederate rose is quite interesting with it's changing colors, but that prickly tree is downright frightening with all the harm it can cause!

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  16. Those flowers are all so beautiful, love the pinks and the purple.

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  17. Beautiful series of photos, Veronica. Love the pretty colouful flowers.

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  18. A flower that changes color during the day? Wow. That's so cool.

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  19. It makes me smile that flowers still bloom in October. God knows we need the color and delight they surprise us with ...

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  20. What a stunning series of flower photos and such a breathtaking mountain.

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  21. How crazy that the Confederate rose changes color and in such a relatively brief time period. Love the lore attached to its magical color changing ability. Beautiful.
    We have made bibimbap through HelloFresh meal subscription service. Delicious. Ours was probably not terribly authentic but it was tasty!!
    That candelabra tree is very interesting. We have a cactus here that looks very similar or perhaps is the same plant?

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  22. Me encantaron las flores. Y me dio ganas d e la comida coreana Te mando un beso.

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  23. The Confederate Rose is indeed beautiful, and with such a beautiful story to it, as well. The tree with the poisonous sap is definitely one to stay away from. Bibimbap sounds like a delicious and filling meal. Have a great week, Veronica.

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  24. Hello Veronica,
    Wonderful pictures you have made.
    Nice places with beautiful flowers. Beautiful that big cactus plant.

    Greetings, Marco

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  25. Oh wow; that color changing flowers is so incredible!!

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  26. I don't want to even see that lethal beauty with the sap and thorns. I'm glad the rhinos can handle.

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  27. Wow - that candelabra tree sounds like serious business! I'm rather glad they don't grow in my area!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/10/some-more-fun-with-botanical-drawing.html

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  28. That is so cool that this flower changes color throughout the day. You took some lovely photos of it. I really like the water quote, it's lovely. Those purple flowers are beautiful. Purple is my favorite color. What a grand cactus that is. Always a pleasure to visit you and experience your wonderful posts.

    ~Sheri

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  29. I thoroughly enjoyed these so clear and colourful

    Have a gallimaufrytastic week ๐Ÿ‘

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  30. I loved your gorgeous photo of Engelberg with the snow capped mountains. What a stunning view! And I think I need to experience the Bibim you had for lunch... YUM!

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  31. Wonderful photos, Veronica! The legend is so sad for such a lovely flower.

    -Soma

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  32. Wow! Here I am in the United States of America where the war between the states was fought and I have never heard of the Confederate Rose. (Albeit we don'/t live in the States where the Civil War took place all those years ago). At any rate, I loved learning the legend and above all seeing the beautiful rose itself in all it's stages and colors. (You made me laugh talking about how you felt when you went back the next day only to see a different color on the rose.) Also (as you will not be surprised to read) I loved the food. We have ordered BiBimBap at a Korean Restaurant; I have tried to make it at home but it is *definitely* not the same even though I followed the recipe exactly. Fun post as always.

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  33. Such pretty photos! I've been wanting to try bibimbap for a while now, yours looks delicious.
    Amalia
    xo

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  34. How lovely is this! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

    Abdel | Infinitely Posh.

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  35. What an interesting story about the Confederate rose, Veronica Lee, and I too was not familiar with this plant or the story behind its changing colors. Thanks for including the time-lapse changes as well. I would have ben confused as well seeing if a different color the next day! The BiBimBap cuisine reminded me of what happens here for a dinner item, when there are things that need to be used in the refrigerator.

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  36. I do wonder why the "lethal beauty" is allowed to grow so profusely in that situation? On the other hand it's only tourists who might do the wrong thing, especially if they see rhinos enjoying it ? LOL

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  37. Lunch is magnificent, and the flowers, wow, superb Veronica!!!!!!!

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  38. I would have thought I was losing it too with the colour-changing rose. Nature truly is magical!

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  39. Amazing photos and great flowers. Have a fantastic day <3

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  40. I liked your photos so much dear Veronica. The candlelabertree is amazing,
    greetings from Germany and hugs to you
    Kirsi

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  41. That flower is amazing! We have never heard nor seen such a thing. Thank you for showing it to us.

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  42. Lovely images with flowers, impressive the candelabra tree, but now I am impressed b the last 'drop' and the quote. The water will always be the best teacher for us!
    Thank you, Veronica!
    Happy WW and a fine week! ❤️๐Ÿ˜˜

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  43. Beautiful flowers with fabulous colors. I love the food too. Wow.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  44. This is so beautiful how you capture changing colors of that flower. Nature always surprise me and left me speechless.

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  45. Interesting about that hibiscus and your other photos just as amazing......

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  46. Hello,
    Beautiful flowers and images. The Engelberg photo brings back memories of my trip there in 1992. The meal looks yummy. Great post. Have a great day!

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  47. Hello, Veronica. If lethal beauty is planted in public, I’d be an easy victim of it due to my approach to it out of curiosity. Thanks for showing how confederate rose changes colors and teaching the meaning of bibimbap which I like to eat.

    Yoko

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  48. I've never heard of a candelabra tree but that sounds scary. I'm surprised that most of them aren't cut down and destroyed to keep people safe.

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  49. Thanks for the visit. You have some great photos here. The Confederate Rose, which is a hibiscus is an interesting flower. Great sequence of shots. I wonder if we have them here.

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  50. The Raynong is my favorite, followed byt the gorgeous Hibiscus!

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  51. So beautiful how you capture changing colors of the hibiscus.
    I didn't know about the cactus.
    I enjoyed your photos.
    Greetings Irma

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  52. Hello Veronica, I got lucky and found your blog thanks to your kind comment on mine. Wow, what a lot of interesting photos you have here. I am absolutely amazed with the story of the Confederate Rose! I will see you again. I love this idea of a gallimaufry of photos! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  53. What gorgeous pictures! That hibiscus is especially beautiful! Have a wonderful day. Diana

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  54. Our botanical gardens have confederate roses. I sure didn't know they change color!! Interesting.

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  55. Hello Veronica :=)
    I lost my other comment, so I'm trying again. Lovely sequence of flower photos. It is quite amazing how it changes colour throughout the day, and I enjoyed learning how the Confederate Rose is so named. The Candelabra cacti stands tall and strong, but I didn't know it was so lethal. Your Bibimbap meal looks delicious, and it's the sort of meal I would enjoy. Thank you for a most interesting post. :=)

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  56. That confederate rose is beautiful in all its stages. I don't think I've ever seen a flower that changes color like that throughout the day before. Interesting legend too.
    And then that lethal beauty is also very beautiful and stately looking, but sounds scary. I don't think I'd like to risk getting close.

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