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Exotic Beauty (35) : Yellow hibiscus by Mark Billiau.

Exotic Beauty (35) : Yellow hibiscus 


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11.02.2011 at 8:00h
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The past years I made several visits to the conservatories of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium where 10.000 (!) plant and tree species originating from the tropics and the subtropics are growing in the greenhouses over there.

Thanks to the warm and moist climate in the conservatories and the intensive maintenance, it’s really amazing what an immense great variety of exotic flowers from all over the world can be seen there, even in the cold winter season !
Flowers whose natural habitat is situated in the rainforest, the mountain forest, isolated islands, deserts, etc……. Places that most of us will never or seldom visit.
Some of the flowers are very rare, extremely colourful or specially shaped.
Others were introduced in Europe by men and became a cultivated species or an ornamental houseplant.

I selected the –to my personal taste- most beautiful flowers that I saw there and made a series of them.


Dutch name : Gele hibiscus
German name : Gelbe Eibisch
Latin name : Hibiscus harwoodii

Country of origin : Hawaii


Hibiscus can be found in subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world, but this specific yellow species is native only to the isolated islands of Hawaii.

A big thanks to aline64 for the kindly nomination of this picture.


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Sylvia Schulz, 11.02.2011 at 8:13h

wow Mark, das ist eine wahre Schönheit, wunderbar fotografiert und beschrieben
es grüßt Sylvia

aline64, 11.02.2011 at 8:16h

superbe cet hibiscus, très beau comme toute la série

Pistone Bernardo, 11.02.2011 at 8:41h

Wow...fantastische makro...bin begeistert! Lg Bernardo

s. sabine krause, 11.02.2011 at 8:45h

one look at this beautiful exotic blossom and i'm imagining hula, steel drums, giant breakers… a very beautiful species of hibiscus indeed – the rich red looks so vivid and bright against the pastel yellow of the petals! greetings and aloha ; )), sabine.

Mauro Stradotto, 11.02.2011 at 9:40h

Wow, questo lo conosco!!!
Ne ho sempre sul mio balcone, sono molto belli gli hibiscus,
ottimo il tuo scatto!
Buona giornata,

Daniela Cognigni, 11.02.2011 at 10:39h

Lo conosco anche io questo fiore, ne ho diverse piante con fiori di colore dal rosa al viola, questo giallo è davvero particolare, molto bello il contrasto giallo /rosso.
Ciao Mark, buon fine settimana.

Josef Kainz, 11.02.2011 at 10:41h

Eine sehr schöne Hibiscusblüte gefällt mir

Leo_nid, 11.02.2011 at 11:38h

invariably perfect

Gruber Fred, 11.02.2011 at 12:13h

Ich bin von deinen Blütenbildern voll beeindruckt.Wie machst du das nur mit dem wunderschönen Licht Mark ??
LG Fred

Werner R. Albert, 11.02.2011 at 12:22h

Excellent presented in best quality again, Mark.
And well explained.
best wishes

Ryszard Basta, 11.02.2011 at 13:29h

co za wspaniala forma
i barwy

Angelika Ritter, 11.02.2011 at 14:09h

brilliant shot
bw angie

melkart (pepe jaime), 11.02.2011 at 14:20h

Bellísima flor del hibiscus. Suerte en la votación. Felicidades

Silvia Simonato., 11.02.2011 at 15:20h

Hermosa flor, exquisita luz y color.
Lograda composición!!
Saludos Silvia

Vjdj2, 11.02.2011 at 15:40h

A beautiful shot!!! Greetings, vj

Bergjäger, 11.02.2011 at 16:10h

Fantastisch diese Farben und die Schärfe auf dieser wunderschönen Blüte!!
LG Bergjäger

Christine Ge., 11.02.2011 at 16:25h

Das ist wieder eine Aufnahme vom ALLERFEINSTEN.
Qualität und Bildeindruck sind unübertrefflich.
Gruß Tina

Heinz Janovsky, 11.02.2011 at 16:46h

Exotische Formen, wunderschöne Farben. Eine prächtige Blüte.
Gruß Heinz

Vitória Castelo Santos, 11.02.2011 at 18:17h

LG Vitoria

I`m not sure about the real vote...Fc was working badly.

Bernd Brügging, 11.02.2011 at 18:28h

Botanisch erstklassig aufgenommen. Durch das diffuse Tageslicht ist dir eine perfekte Ausleuchtung gelungen. Die Farben wirken intensiv und plakativ. Die Blüte ist in der Tat anmutend schön. Klasse!

CsomorLászló, 11.02.2011 at 19:44h


TeresaM, 11.02.2011 at 19:54h

Les Beautés se succèdent et je ne me lasse pas ;-))
Encore une très belle mise en lumière, Mark.
Excellentes aussi ces couleurs !

Vera M. Shulga, 11.02.2011 at 20:47h


Adele Oliver, 11.02.2011 at 21:25h

You did a most beautiful job photographing this lovely Hibiscus ... I find it hard to manage a sharp image!!!\
A very fine addition to your exotic flowers series!!!!
greetings, Adele

qRudi, 12.02.2011 at 0:09h

Shot, so full desire and colours.

Miguel SR flowers, 12.02.2011 at 0:38h

Superb photo, colors and focus dof

willy ombret, 12.02.2011 at 10:42h

excellente prise
très bons détails et belles couleurs
willy ombret

carinart, 12.02.2011 at 11:32h

Deine Blüten sehen oft aus, als seien sie extra für dich so herrlich geraten! Du bist ein Meister!
L.G. Karin

Andrea Sagawe, 12.02.2011 at 13:47h

I like how all the light seems to fall on this beauty while the rest is in the shadow.


Rike-Tina, 12.02.2011 at 19:43h

eine schöne farbenfrohe Aufnahme....klasse
lg von....Rike

Anca Silvia B., 12.02.2011 at 19:46h

Wie Leonid..Kompliment Mark...hugs,anca

Voting Center, 13.02.2011 at 8:44h

This photo has been successfully nominated for the gallery with 48 pro- and 39 contra-votes. Congratulations, Mark Billiau. :-)

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Bernd Ullrich, 13.02.2011 at 8:45h


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Sylvia Schulz, 13.02.2011 at 8:45h


Sabine Suess, 13.02.2011 at 8:45h


MAURICE CLEGG, 13.02.2011 at 8:45h

a beautifully detailed and colourful image.

Vitória Castelo Santos, 13.02.2011 at 8:45h


Franzi48, 13.02.2011 at 8:45h


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Mark Billiau., 13.02.2011 at 9:12h

@ everybody who voted pro : thank you very much.
And of course a special thanks to aline64 for the nomination of this picture.


Mohr Wilfried, 13.02.2011 at 9:49h

Wirkt besonders gut durch den dunklen Hintergrund.
Gruß Wilfried

aline64, 13.02.2011 at 11:57h

Bravo Mark, je suis très contente pour cette fleur étoilée

Denis-, 13.02.2011 at 12:05h

Félicitations pour cette macro de très gande qualité !

EdelS, 13.02.2011 at 16:47h

Hallo Mark, das Foto ist ein Traum! Hier stimmt aber auch alles! !00% Qualität und hat den Stern verdient.
Liebe Grüße Edel

CsomorLászló, 13.02.2011 at 17:27h


Briepgirl, 13.02.2011 at 23:32h

A great macro!!!

Alexandra Diaconescu, 14.02.2011 at 15:54h

Beautiful photo!

Charly Roggow, 14.02.2011 at 16:58h

ganz exzellent aufgenommen
LG Charly

Adele Oliver, 16.02.2011 at 1:02h

Congratulations, Mark .... so well deserved!!!
greetings, Adele

Halvorsen, 17.02.2011 at 10:24h


Hans-Günther Schöner, 18.02.2011 at 11:56h

Deine Fotos sind absolute Topfotos !!

Grandios !


Rikki und Winni, 6.03.2011 at 20:03h

Absolutly FANTASTIC!!!! What a wonderful picture!

Irbenika, 1.04.2011 at 12:19h

Wonderfully beautiful flower!!! Soft light and warm colors make the image just fabulous!


Bernhard Kuhlmann, 4.03.2012 at 14:39h

Absolut brilliant in der Schärfe und den Farben !
Gruß bernd
Rhododendronblüte by Bernhard Kuhlmann
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RW Petersen, 27.04.2015 at 9:25h

Your wonderful image of this Hibiscus deserved that star.
Great to see it in this stage of flowering. Cheers Renate

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