I took this photograph of a rather curious flower in my garden earlier today.
After a bit of researching, I found out that it was called Aristolochia Littoris (Calico Flower or Elegant Dutchman’s Pipe) and it is shaped like a perfect heart. Scores of them grow in my back garden here in Mwanza, Tanzania. They are so beautiful, but so transient, once they fall from the vine, they shrivel up and die within hours – which is why I wanted to catch this one in all its glory, freshly picked.
“Love never dies a natural death.” Anais Nin
Happy Valentine’s Day (especially to my darling Mark, Lottie, Leon, Frida, Vera, Karol, Lynne and my dearest friends).