A lot of people like flowers. I, myself, was named after a flower but that’s a different story.
Flowers are beautiful. But the most beautiful about them is not their delicate petals or vivid colors. I think what’s special about flowers is that they often symbolize the phases of our lives. There are lots of meanings attached to them—love, peace, friendship, birth, death…
Flowers are ephemeral and they are beautiful reminders that our lives are too. But no matter how short-lived life is, as long as they are carefully tended, like these flowers, they will forever symbolize the miracles of life and nature.
In Singapore, the Orchids are part of its national heritage. Since 1859, orchids have been closely associated with Singapore and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The country has also been the center of orchid breeding since the 1930s giving birth to many more unique hybrids. With 1,000 specifies of orchids and 2,000 hybrids, Singapore has the largest display of orchids in the world. Check this post on how to go to the Gardens and other important reminders to keep in mind when going there.
Like our lives, it is more important that these flowers be remembered for more than their visual beauty but for the meanings attached to them.
Have you recently received a flower? Why is it important to you?
In any angle, flowers are always beautiful to photograph. Some would even say they are easy subjects. Well, it was not for me, not so long back. Taking macro shots with my point-and-shoot camera doesn’t live up to my standards, not that I hate my point-and-shoot and I have high standards, but they always fell short of my expectations.
I have mentioned in this post that my husband gifted me with a Canon EOS 600D and I’ve been using that since I arrived here in Singapore. Last week, we went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and had this camera on test. I am not a photographer and not very familiar with technicalities but I love this camera. It is very user-friendly and the manual settings are manageable. I feel like a pro already! With a starter lens and a 250mm lens, taking those zoomed subjects from any distance is a breeze.
- Travel Top 10: Beautiful Botanic Gardens (photos.mercurynews.com)
- An Urban Sanctuary: Singapore Botanic Gardens (theblacktwig.wordpress.com)
- SINGAPORE : BOTANIC GARDENS // the best free attraction, peaceful environment, beautiful flowers, pay to visit the orchid house (littlemisslocal.com)
- Orchids, Orchids Everywhere: A Tour through Singapore’s National Orchid Garden (expatedna.com)
- The Rich Diversity and Symbolic Meaning of Orchids (proflowers.com)