The Rose of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Changeable Rose. Rose of Sharon
Who and what can we trust now that we are facing a global financial crisis? This situation, sooner or later, will effect our lives, threatening our savings, pensions, jobs, homes, education, families, friends, foods, environments, countries etc… . It is difficult for most of us to make sense of this confusion and despair, brought about, deliberate or otherwise, by the world’s political, financial leaders and those in power. And ourselves too, to a large extant is part of the system.
This photograph of the rose (above) from the flowering plant, Hibiscus Mutabilis, was taken from my garden, recently. One of my Orang Asli friends from Kuala Krau in Pahang gave me a cutting of the plant. This vigorous bushy shrub has since started to flower. Each flower opens to about 10 to 15 cm wide, starts up as pure white in the morning, then changes to pink in the afternoon and finally, closes up as deep red by evening and drops off.
The cycle of the life of this rose and its transforming colours, offer me a a visual metaphor, to muse over the current, boom to burst, global financial situation, and to wonder what kind of world we have inherited- yesterday, today and tomorrow. I hope to share this image with someone else in whatever way they may like to view it.