ylang-ylang (cananga odorata) by summerfield

ylang-ylang (cananga odorata)

ylang-ylang is the national flower of the philippines. it is valued for its perfume and the essential oil derived from it is used in aromatherapy.

i have forgotten how the ilang-ilang tree looks like. today a good friend brought us to her 'resort' place up in the mountains about an hour and a half drive south of manila. the property overlooks laguna de bay and itself overlooks at grander mountains. the property has four cabanas, a full-functioning clubhouse, a mid-sized swimming pool and the master's house built in the middle of a man-made lagoon. beside the swimming pool, there is a small ylang-ylang tree and its scent just couldn't be ignored.

i have started packing my things. i bought a large 'prada' leather bag (fake, of course!) which i will convert into a camera bag later on. one more day to go and i'm off to san francisco from where i shall take the plane going to buffalo and then home by saturday morning. yes, i'm dying to fly back north into the comfort of home. i won't be sneaking in any ylang-ylang flowers though.

thank you for your comments and a few more days and i will be able to return the favour of commenting on yours, my friends.
Ahh, summerfield . . have a safe flight back home. You've had one incredible vacation and many gorgeous photos for memories. And this is one of those photos. Beautiful ylang-ylang!
November 29th, 2011  
beautiful contrast of texture and color - have a safe flight back!
November 29th, 2011  
love the colours and the background, what a beautiful national flower. glad you got to visit your friend''s place in the mountains, safe travels back home!
November 29th, 2011  
beautiful shot!!! Be safe on your return travels! Have loved all your pictures and hearing of your adventures -- but it'll be good to have you back "home" too!!
November 29th, 2011  
Very nice. thanks for sharing this
November 30th, 2011  
you captured such wonderful texture and color in this shot. i have heard of this but have never seen one. such an interesting shape. thank you for sharing! safe travels.
November 30th, 2011  
This is really colorful and striking. Great shot! The tree sounds heavenly! And so does that resort!!
November 30th, 2011  
awesome textures here!
December 1st, 2011  
beautiful contrast of colour and texture in this shot. really beautiful
December 26th, 2011  
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