As you probably know, I’ve been taking photos of the flowers that grow in the Gulf. This pink gumamela (hibiscus) reminded me of two things:
(a) The study of pistil, stamen, etc. during Science class when I was still a pupil.
(b) The bubble making we did when I was a kid. In the Philippines, the kids would crush the flowers and leaves until the sticky juices come out. While papaya stalks are being dipped there and are used as straws for blowing bubbles. Gumamela’s use varies. It is used as hair care in India, the petals are used in making tea in Egypt and Sudan, and generally treated as a medicinal plant in many countries.
The second photo was taken in Burjuman Mall in Dubai last year. The stairs were decorated like that in celebration of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.