I saw this beautiful red Gumamela or Hibiscus last Sunday while waiting for mass to begin. This is one of my favorite flowers as a child, I love its bright red color! I remember playing with it when I was little, using it's sap to make bubbles. This flower certainly bring so many childhood memories! Since it's already summer here, you'd see Gumamela's practically anywhere...all in difference colors, red, orange, purple...

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At 3/19/2006 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Michael said...

I agree with you, it is one of my favourite flowers too. It is something we have a lot of in South Florida, and when I moved away, realised how unique to tropical climates they were.

What I didn't undertand was when you said, "...using it's sap to make bubbles". I never did do you make bubbles from the sap?

At 3/19/2006 08:02:00 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Michael!

As a child we tried so many things. One of the things we discovered was crushed gumamela petals combined with a bit of water results to a liquid with a consistency of liquid soap. We made small rings made from scrap aluminum wires, and then dipped it in the gumamela solution so when you blew threw produced bubbles ;-)

At 3/20/2006 08:19:00 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

I tried to leave a comment on your blog but, it would not let me do so, Talk about beautiful flowers, that one is FANTASTIC!! Great color and detail. What camera did you use for it?

You've got a great view from your office. I really like the layout of your blog. It's so nice. It really drives home the fact mine is so plain. I just don't know enough about this stuff.
Thanks for taking a look at my blog and leaving a comment.

At 3/20/2006 08:20:00 AM, Anonymous Carlos Lorenzo said...

Sorry Anne but I can't open up your comment links. I guess it is
because it is a popup but it only happens to me with you and Akita. I
could not refrain from commenting as it is such great picture. I
remember my childhood too. We used to take a small portion from the
stem, something sticky that you find inside and put it on our nose.
And I recall a white one as well, besides the colors you mention.
Congratulations on the new touches on the style of your page.I like

At 3/20/2006 08:40:00 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Mark!

I pasted your comment it won't get lost, not sure why you can't post a comment but I do hope you can now.

Thanks for the comment on Gumamela. Yes it is such a beautiful flower! I don't think I did justice though to the flower. I love it soo much! I used my ever reliable Sony DSC-P73.

Thanks also for noticing my blog layout :) I did quite a few things with it and I'm "humbly" proud of the things i've done hehehe. If you need any help with your layout don't hesitate to holler at me ok :)

At 3/20/2006 08:42:00 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Carlos...white gumamela is not very common here, it's usually red or yellow. And hmm I wonder why you put that sticky something on your nose?

Thanks for noticing the blog layout :)

Not sure why you can't open the comments but if you encounter any problem just e-mail me again ok! :)


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