Hibiscus

Floating Hibiscus

Reference Hibiscus Photograph by Stefanie Schrade

A hibiscus worn in in a young woman’s hair let’s the lads know she’s single in some cultures. In other places a hibiscus means a perfect wife or woman. Giving a hibiscus in Victorian times was an acknowledgement of the receiver’s delicate beauty. In China, the hibiscus was given to men and women and symbolized the fleeting and beauty of fame or personal glory.

Symbology aside, the hibiscus is a beautiful flower. A perennial, it can grow up to 30 feet if left to its own devices. The hibiscus’ large, showy flowers can spread up twelve inches wide. The five free petals joined at the base light up their surroundings with an astounding variety of colors.

I love hibiscus. The “Floating Hibiscus” is in a private collection. It was inspired by a photograph by Stefanie Schrade.  Stephanie photographed the hibiscus on a glass coffee table.

Floating Hibiscus by Barbara F Johnson

Creativity is integral to her life. For many years, Stefanie worked as a planner and draftsman in architecture. Stefanie explains, “It inspires me to have different perspectives on an object. I always love to photograph many motifs and put them into a great scene! Photography is my passion, it gives me relaxation and l can see nature in a special way.” She also paints with different materials.  Check out Stefanie’s Flicker Account!!!