Naispela Hibiscuit plaua by bobfoto

Naispela Hibiscuit plaua

Port Moresby has often been listed has one of the Worst Capital City in which to live. I don't know who publishes these lists but while I lived there, the local media would often let us know that we were doing it tough. To tell the truth, Moresby was a pretty ugly place. But there were tiny parcels of prettiness hidden beneath the dirt, the dust and buai spit. One such example and a place for escape for many on the weekend was Loloata Island, in the very pretty Bootless Bay. A place where many Marine Biologists would go to dive and discover.

The funny thing about Loloata, was that they would send a bus into town in the early morning and it could pick you up at your door and promise you a day of snorkeling, diving, and just relaxing. However, you had to drive through the notorious 6-mile Settlement at the start of the Maggi Highway. And then return later in the afternoon back through the same settlement. Apart from meeting a corrupt sober Policeman here one day, I never really had any issues.

So the Loloata bus would take you to a private wharf where you would board a boat and head out to Loloata Island. I found this Hibiscus here and while some of the DOF obscures this flower, I kinda like that. I struggle with Hibiscus flowers in getting a great shot, and this one is probably my favourite, especially the colour.

Photo taken January 2nd 2009. Title reads "Pretty Hibiscus Flower"
I agree it is often difficult to get a good shot of a Hibiscus but this one is tops! :)
January 1st, 2012  
This is lovely, the lighting and dof are perfect. Interesting to see what you say about PNG, my husband was offered a job there in 1979 and I have to say that the news reports in the Courier Mail eventually helped us to decide to turn it down. Rightly or wrongly I don't know but everything happens for a reason and our life has probably taken a very different but enjoyable course since then so -- no regrets!
January 1st, 2012  
Gorgeous!
January 1st, 2012  
@cocorose - Thanks Bec, I think the colour is really what helps here.
January 1st, 2012  
Very pretty flower, sunlight diffused by clouds seems to bring a pop to colors but flatten the image some. I look forward to more blasts from your past, always wanted to visit PNG at some time in my life.
January 1st, 2012  
@judithdeacon - Yeah well the Australian media won't ever print "Jason Daniels had a great time playing cards with the ladies in Kokoda", only the ugly stories sell newspapers.

Before I left Australia to head north to PNG, all of my Townsville friends (who some had been to PNG) said "You'll have a great time, you'll love it", yet many of my friends in my home-town of Adelaide said "You'll get malaria, you'll get chopped up, don't go!"

I have no regrets, I loved my time there.
January 1st, 2012  
Cool story,Glad the police man was sober, never mind not corrupt! :) Great capture, your right the DOF is nice!
January 1st, 2012  
Love the warm shade of this hibiscus.
January 1st, 2012  
@otprofsp - Thank you Susan :)
January 1st, 2012  
Beautiful Jason - love the blood red centre and the fiery orange.
January 1st, 2012  
oh and PS - Glad you obviously didn't get chopped up. LOL
January 1st, 2012  
@robv - The bugs, birds and mammals were impressive (when they weren't being consumed) and I got quite the sore neck, looking left and then right and then left always seeing something new!
January 1st, 2012  
Awesome shot, beautiful colour.
January 1st, 2012  
Amazing colors!
January 1st, 2012  
A gorgeous photo and I love the vivid colours.
Thanks for sharing the story too
January 1st, 2012  
@bobfoto Yeah, the few trips to the tropics I've made had me craning my neck trying to soak it all in while getting soaked. There was a sort of time dilation with the sensory overload, 3 weeks in Costa Rica seemed like months until it was time to head home. That's when it seems to have flashed by, experiential relativity. Cheers!
January 1st, 2012  
Beautifully captured.
January 1st, 2012  
@kjarn @ulpiphotos @emmar84 - Thank you ladies, one thing that PNG did very well was colour! I think it has to do with the moist tropical atmosphere!

@robv - I know that feeling, I spent weekends in other parts of PNG that felt like months, until the reality of returning back to Moresby sank in.

@buccigrossi - Thank you Brian, cheers!
January 1st, 2012  
Nice color and perspective!
January 2nd, 2012  
The colours in this are remarkable, Jason. Such gorgeous depth in the reds.
January 2nd, 2012  
great flower Jason. I was only in Port Moresby briefly but it scared the bejesus out of me. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid. I do look forward to all your stories of PNG.
January 2nd, 2012  
Very crisp focus.
January 2nd, 2012  
Loooove these flowers, i have a shot of one the same colour but minus all of your beautiful detail, very nice!!
January 2nd, 2012  
Amazing color in this!!
January 2nd, 2012  
Beautiful shot !
January 2nd, 2012  
You ought to do a coffee-table book, with your fantastic photos and all these snippets of your life up there. These things are worth preserving.

I couldn't shoot flowers to save myself... just never found the knack.
January 2nd, 2012  
The colors are amazing, Jason!
January 2nd, 2012  
Perfect.
January 2nd, 2012  
I think it's beautiful. And Darwin would tell you it looks very tasty!
January 2nd, 2012  
Love the Hibiscus. They are everywhere in Hawaii ( it is the state flower). Your details of the ruffled petals are so good! :-). Hippo Gnu Deer to you too! :-)
January 2nd, 2012  
Beautiful!
January 2nd, 2012  
Very pretty.
January 2nd, 2012  
Nice that you were able to see some good among all of the bad. This is a beautiful photo, Jason!
January 2nd, 2012  
I'm not a flower kind og gal, but this is really pretty! That orange just pops.
January 2nd, 2012  
@httpgeffed @swilde - Why thank you ladies :)

@danig - it certainly is a city that creates a lasting impression... immediately.

@webfoot - Thanks Paul.

@trude - it is a lovely colour for a Hibiscus, love the soft peachy tones!

@nattybabe @mjmaven - Oh thanks ladies :D

@jinximages - The book is something I am keen on doing, but I need some guidance I think when it comes to the selection process. I'm hoping that by doing this 365 project this year like I have started, then I will soon gauge what would work in a book, so all input is more than welcome!

And when I first moved to Townsville and saw all the gorgeous flowers, I thought "whoo oooh, get me some photos of this" and then I discovered just how windy it is living on the coast and I gave up and hunted down fungi for fotos. They don't swing in the breeze!

@cjwhite @maggie2 @aj1268 - Thank you Ladies and I assume Paula, that Darwin has hibiscus on the menu?

@lorihiro - They are just so representative of the Pacific, Hibiscus and Frangipani (Plumeria), that no wonder the gorgeous Island ladies love to wear these in their hair!... I can hear the Ukelele now....

@exposure4u @rach_who @buttercup - Thanks Wendy, Rach and Mary. I had no choice but to go looking for the pretty things Mary, the Ugly stuff in Port Moresby is everywhere.
January 2nd, 2012  
@mej2011 - Thanks Melissa... this project won't be all feet and flowers. ;)
January 2nd, 2012  
@bobfoto
Ha ha! Well, I'd prefer flowers to feet. lol.
January 2nd, 2012  
Very pretty shot! I rarely see orange-colored hibiscus. Most of the hibiscus flowers here are red. Love the colors and details!
January 2nd, 2012  
@myautofocuslife - The simple red ones make a nice tea. :)
January 2nd, 2012  
A great shot Jason. I tried to do some macro yesterday but have much to learn. Sigh...one day when I am grown up :)
January 2nd, 2012  
@sebella - Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. FWIW, this shot was taken with a telephoto lens from a distance away. If you have any questions about your macro, just ask, I may not know the answer, but I reckon I could make something up!
January 2nd, 2012  
Thanks Jason. I am going away for a few days this week to chill in the bush and then I plan to really study my digital book (which I have not had to do as yet). And yes, growin gup is definately optional :)
January 2nd, 2012  
@sebella - Try and stay cool in the bush... some parts of Australia are stupid hot at the moment and I daresay maybe South Africa is enjoying a hot summer too? Stay safe.
January 2nd, 2012  
Its only the second day into 2012 and I am already taken by your stories. Great photo too! Reminds me of Hawaii.......although now I will think of PNG as well thanks to you! :-)
January 2nd, 2012  
Love this shot and that story!! Beautiful!
January 2nd, 2012  
At least you ha a bit of an adventure on the drive! Beautiful flower - love the DOF and especially the colours
January 2nd, 2012  
Love the orange
January 2nd, 2012  
@ali1974 - yeah well I hear Hawaii is set up to deal with tourism better then PNG.... but the Pacific is still the Pacific!

@orangecrush - Thanks Jerry, the stories are just getting warmed up!

@alia_801 - The drive out there and back was all part of the fun. Cracking time really!
January 2nd, 2012  
Its petals look so papery and delicate yet that strong shiny red looks so vibrant! Wonderful shot - the greens just set it off.
January 2nd, 2012  
@peterdegraaff - Thanks Peter!

@filsie65 - Very well described Phil, thank you!
January 2nd, 2012  
kapow!
January 2nd, 2012  
@houdiniem - in your good eye!
January 2nd, 2012  
@bobfoto neither of my eyes are good..hence i wear glasses
January 2nd, 2012  
@houdiniem - your third eye?
January 2nd, 2012  
gorgeous hibiscus photo, I love them but really struggle to get a photo I am happy with, glad to know you feel the same way. This one is particularly lovely, I'd love to go diving there. The reputation of Moresby, rascals etc has deterred me from seeking a posting there.
January 2nd, 2012  
@lbmcshutter - Raskols are shithouse at diving.
January 2nd, 2012  
That really is a pretty hibiscus. I think the DOF is perfect and helps make the shot.
January 2nd, 2012  
@bobfoto o! that's asleep :)
January 2nd, 2012  
The colour is awesome Jason, so pretty.. Another wonderful little story as well :)
January 2nd, 2012  
@bella_ss @michelleyoung - Why thank you ladies :D
January 2nd, 2012  
@houdiniem - ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz.
January 2nd, 2012  
Wow, beautiful! The colours are stunning.
January 2nd, 2012  
great color! did you push it?
January 2nd, 2012  
Gorgous colours! Beauty among the crap...lovely :)
January 2nd, 2012  
Wonderfujl shot and colours and great story, Jason. I have a hibiscus similar to this, in early spring the colour of the flowers are exactly like this one but in summer the flowers are completely yellow.
January 2nd, 2012  
Gorgeous shot and flower! I agree that hibiscus is a difficult subject, but you did a superb job with this flower. It is great to look for the beauty hidden among the not so beautiful.
January 2nd, 2012  
@sharingmylife @shutterbugger @daisy - Thank you Ladies, the Island of Loloata is kinda made up of a weird brown, grey coloured rock, so this beauty of a flower really stood out!

@wahyusp - not much at all, a little bit of Saturation, just a touch, but a bit more contrast to really darken the background. But it isn't cropped at all and really not a great deal of post was required. I do remember when I first downloaded this shot, I knew immediately when it hit my PC monitor that it was wow, because of the colour, and I guess this is why I can excuse the little bits of green leaf in the way.

@sangwann - Hibiscus can often do that Dione, and I think it is heat and water related, its a good indicator as to how "hard" your plant is growing.
January 2nd, 2012  
Very beautiful.
January 3rd, 2012  
@veekay - Thanks Vicki K :)
January 3rd, 2012  
This one is a stunner! Especially love the outining light on the leaf-really well done-
January 3rd, 2012  
@hillcrest - Cheers Cheryl, thanks :)
January 4th, 2012  
excellent shot !
January 4th, 2012  
@crisd - Hey thanks Cris D!
January 4th, 2012  
Wow, this is so beautiful!! The clarity and color is awesome!!! Luvit!
January 4th, 2012  
@kdimagery - Thank you Kd :)
January 5th, 2012  
This is lovely! The dof on it is perfect and the petals look so delicate!
January 6th, 2012  
@cmuir1963 - Why thank you Cindy, I do like this one too!
January 6th, 2012  
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