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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Exotic Beauty (31) : Blue Passion flower

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 : Blauwe Passiebloem
German name : Blaue Passionsblume
Latin name : Passiflora caerulea

Country of origin : Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay

Comments 42

  • ALLWO 02/21/2015 9:12

    Hallo Mark - Auch dieses eindrucksvolle Foto von
    der Passionsblume ist Dir besonders gut gelungen -
    Beste Grüße von Wolfgang
  • dirk van egmond 09/12/2011 11:35

    very nice , good sharpness and the colors are ok

    gr Dirk
  • Ursula Fliether 02/15/2011 12:10

    This is my favourite flower and I had a lot of them.
    Faszinierende Blüten
    Faszinierende Blüten
    Ursula Fliether

    I like this photo. Regards, Ursula
  • Miguel SR flowers 02/14/2011 13:10

  • Inge Stüwe 02/11/2011 6:02

    Diese Blüte ist ein Kunstwerk der Natur, Du hast sie fantastisch fotografiert!!
    Liebe Grüße
  • aspectus 02/07/2011 21:01

    Diese faszinierende Passiflora präsentierst du in einer excellenter Aufnahme!
    Kompliment und viele Grüße Renate
  • Silvia Simonato. 02/06/2011 22:45

    Bella flor y muy impactante imagen!!
    Excelente trabajo!!
    Saludos Silvia
  • Deryck 02/06/2011 19:03

    This is such a beautiful flower! I have never seen this in real life, but it really is an eye-catcher
  • Christian Bertero 02/06/2011 18:35

    Bellissimo fiore ! +++++

  • la lune63 02/06/2011 17:40

    Wonderful colours and great lighting,
  • Pascal Viyer 02/06/2011 1:15

    perfect work
  • Inez Correia Marques 02/06/2011 0:17

    yes, they are very exoctic Marc. Beautiful flowers
  • Alfredo Yanez 02/05/2011 23:18

    Felicitaciones Mark, fantástica macro, muy buen trabajo!!!
    Saludos buena luz!*
  • TeresaM 02/05/2011 22:19

    Passiflore dans une grande et belle vision !
    Superbe comme toutes les autres, Mark.
    Amitiés & bon dimanche,
  • Rike-Tina 02/05/2011 21:23

    ...farbenfroh und sehr schön
    lg von.....Rike
  • Heinz Janovsky 02/05/2011 8:25

    Eine interessante Blüte, fein festgehalten.
    Gruß Heinz
  • dirk van Appeldorn 02/05/2011 7:57

    so pretty and so well taken
  • hasszoom 02/05/2011 4:37

    beautiful shoot
  • willy ombret 02/04/2011 22:13

    Que c'est beau
    willy ombret
  • Josef Kainz 02/04/2011 19:46

    Ein sehr schönes Foto
  • CsomorLászló 02/04/2011 19:44

    Incredible beauty ...
  • Adele Oliver 02/04/2011 19:39

    A most gorgeous Passion Flower. With your sharp macro image it is so easy to appreciate all those exotic stamens and layers of petals. Your image is a real treat .... also inspires me to try and grow a bush again this year.
    greetings, Adele
  • Bergjäger 02/04/2011 18:35

    Ein fantastisches Gebilde ist diese Blume!!!
    Super schön fotografiert von dir!
    LG Bergjäger
  • Vera M. Shulga 02/04/2011 18:21

    Perfect image of this awesome flower...
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 02/04/2011 17:43

    Eine fantastische Aufnahme!
    Ich wünsche euch ein schönes Wochenende .