Beauty By The Fence

Wuan has an eye for the unusual and the aesthetically pleasing. Many times she had taken shots I would otherwise have passed off as mundane. Take this photo for example; after celebrating Mass at the Risen Christ Church two Sundays ago, she had wanted to snap some shots of the Kek Lok Si Temple.

From where we were, the temple was an imposing edifice, overlooking Ayer Itam and its surrounding area. However, something from across the road caught her eyes as well. The loveliness of this cluster of flowers stood in stark contrast against the rusty fence that was propping it up. In the end, the daunting sight of the temple structures could not surpass the beauty of the neglected vines and its blooms.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

12 thoughts on “Beauty By The Fence”

  1. very few people are able to see what that is not obvious but are the most beautiful things in the world. Wuan has a knack for looking beyond the obvious. A very rare quality.. it is..

    nice picture 🙂 i wuv flowers!

  2. I must also learn to see beyond the obvious. It is interesting to see things that other people do not. I love flowers too. They never fail to cheer up a gloomy day.

  3. Beautiful 🙂 i must stop one day to smell the flowers.. as well as to take a picture of ’em. heh sorry for such corniness, lol.

  4. You must do it often. A garden of colourful fragrant blooms does wonders.

  5. I’d love to post more Nature shots here… if only I can go out as often as I wished.

  6. This is pretty. Wonder what kind of flowers they are? Look a *bit* like orchids, but then again not really.

  7. They are not orchids. Wuan and I were wondering what they are called too. Any horticulturist out there who care to enlighten us?

  8. Peter
    It shouldn’t be to hard to find out its name.

    The pic actually reminded me of a passionfruit vine i once had, yummy.

    Anyway did you know that, Roman Catholic priests
    of the late 1500’s named it the passion flower
    after the passion ( suffering and death ) of
    Jesus Christ.

    They believed that several parts of the plant,including the petals,rays and sepals,symbolized features of the passion.

    The flowers five petals and five petal like sepals represented the 10 apostles who remained
    faithful to Jesus throughout the passion.

    The circle of the hairlike rays above the petals
    suggested the crown of thorns that Jesus wore on
    the day of his death.

    Anyway just sum trivia

    Note the movie ,,,The Passion Of Christ


  9. I have seen the passion fruit and its vines before but not up close. The next time I celebrate Mass at the Risen Christ Church again, I must ask the occupants of the house about this flower.

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