Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nature's Beauty

The above flower is commonly referred to as a Hibiscus (Disambiguation). There are several hundred species of Hibiscus that grow in warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world. The generic name is derived from the Greek word (hibiskos), which was given to Athaea officinalis. Many specimens of Hibiscus are used extensively in landscaping because of their flowers and size and also because they tend to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Many countries around the world serve tea made from the Hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is known for its color and tangy flavor. The tea is a natural diuretic and it contains vitamin C and minerals. It can also be used as a mild medicine. Hibiscus flowers are often used as a garnish. They are also edible and can be candied.

To learn more about Hibiscus go to the: American Hibiscus Society and the: International Hibiscus Society.

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Technical Data: Nikon D3 with a Nikon NIKKOR AF-S VR Macro 105mm f/2.8G lens, Subject Distance: 1.12 meters, Exposure: 1/125s at f/8.0 – Manual: Matrix Metering, ISO: 200, Focal Length: 105mm, Filter: Ultra Violet, Lighting: Nikon SB-800 Speedlight (off camera), Date: 06/27/2012 at 06:15 pm, Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5

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