While checking through my facebook news feed recently, I spotted this photo of a passion flower taken by my Floridian friend, Jim Kasper. The colors and complexity of the blossom immediately caught my attention.
In researching it, I found some interesting symbolism associated with this beautiful flower…from the sacred/religious to the profane. If you’re curious about it, I’ll leave it up to you to follow through on your own research. At the very least, Wikipedia offers up a straightforward description and history of the passiflora.
For me it’s just another exquisite example of the artistry of Mother Nature…the gradient shades of purple (from deep violet to white) on the delicate fringe, how the color transition point on the fringe forms a circle, the soft lavender color of the 10 petals, and the very pronounced stamens with their hints of yellow and green.
I’m definitely inspired to create a mandala specifically for the passion flower…it’s too pretty to ignore. While researching, I also learned that the fragrance and the fruit are well worth an in-person experience…if we ever get the chance.