Saturday, August 7, 2010

(Day 219) A discovery

Back at home in Ontario, Canada, I'm fairly certain which plants I'd consider weeds and therefore undesirables in either the flower or veggie garden. Here in the subtropics I'm not so sure at all. I can spot the (non-ornamental) grass and try to remove it from the flower beds, but there are other plants that look like something you might actually buy and grow.

I've removed some 'viney' things that appear to be crawling over legitimate garden inhabitants, but last week there was a larger one that I wasn't sure about, but which I left. Today I walked around again and now I'm glad I left it alone - it's flowering nicely. I googled it and I discovered that it's actually a bougainvillea! I also discovered that its sap can cause skin rashes similar to what poison ivy and poison oak cause, and I'm familiar with those. Glad I made this discovery the easy way by reading about it and not by experiencing it !

(60mm  f16  1/30 sec  ISO800)

24 comments:

teca said...

Lovely... Brazilians call the Bougainvillea, Primavera ou Maravilha.

Kisses.

Lisa RedWillow said...

A Stunning Beauty . Happy to hear of the information. The butterfly house I visit in Alberta here is full of this plant. I know now not to touch it.
Great to see your settings. I have a 60mm Canon.

Carolyn Ford said...

I have a 60mm and, therefore, I should be able to accomplish a photo like this...right? This is quite beautiful!

Rick said...

@teca - you are lucky - they are native there; do people still see their beauty or do they look 'ordinary' ?

Beijos !!

Rick said...

@Lisa RedWillow - thank you Lisa; I really like my 60mm for macro work although it's also great for portraits !

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - thank you Carolyn; yes - you should be able to do better than this; the light wasn't great and I don't have my tripod here - I used a picnic cooler to steady my hands on since I used a small aperture to get detail and used a slower shutter speed to get the exposure. I really like the 60mm for macro and it's good at f2.8 too.

darlin said...

Rick I like this flower, good thing you looked it up before touching it, OUCH! Another wonderful photo, the flower is very crisp and there's just enough blur in the background in my humble opinion. How much longer are you on holiday for?

imac said...

I would say its worth leaving, just look at the colour and its beauty Rick.

marty said...

if the bougainvillea has choosed this place
I think it will be very beautiful later!
I love this flower and your photo is really gorgeous ! bisous

CarreraCaballo said...

Wow, this is one beautiful flower :-)
Beautifully captured :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is certainly a pretty flower,but I guess better to leave it where it is.The reactions don't sound that good.
Blessings,Ruth

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

wonderful color!! regards

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you - and I'm glad too ;-)

2 more days then we all go back. It's great here in summer though - always beach weather !

Rick said...

@imac - yep, now that I know what it is, it stays, AND I leave it alone! Thanks mac.

Rick said...

@marty - yes, I think it's lovely too - we certainly don't have these back home ! Merci marty. Have a great week !

Bisous !!!

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph. Glad I didn't 'capture' it with my hands - would have been trouble !

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - it's pretty enough to be staying put; I'll just contend with what I know to be weeds and see what becomes of the others. Thanks Ruth - have a wonderful week.

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thank you Costea. A good week to you too.

CarreraCaballo said...

One thing is for sure - Another flower photo that you MUST print and hang on some wall of yours :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph; actually I have just received most of an order of photos that I had printed and framed - am busy hanging them now. This one will need to wait till the next order :)

CherylK said...

That bougainvillea is just gorgeous. The only ones I've seen are in California and they were more like little ruffly climbing roses. Not sure if that's a decent description - ha!! How interesting that they're toxic. Never knew that but it'll be something to tuck in the back of the mind for future reference!

Rick said...

@CherylK - thanks Cheryl; I've seen them in Hawaii too and they were beautiful. I'll be sure to keep my hands off them or wear gloves :)

teca said...

Rick, I'm sorry to have missed the question.
Here we all find this a wonderful plant.
Although common in Brasil, it is much appreciated. They exist in various colors and hues.
Have a beautiful week, dear.
Love and kisses with lots of flowers. ;)

Rick said...

@teca - I first saw this beautiful plant in Hawaii a number of years ago - and loved it. So many different colours !

Thank you teca - muitos beijos for you, and a great week too !