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Peter Lowenstein
Mutare, Zimbabwe
06:13 pm

Equipment Details:

Hand-held Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 in manual exposure macro mode

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Compilation of montage of four images captured beteen 8.59 am and 6.13 pm.

Image Details:

Fifth Dimension Hibiscus ‘Conjunction’.
On 2nd March cloud cover and rainy weather in Mutare due to the proximity of Tropical Storm Freddy prevented any sighting of the close conjunction between Venus and Jupiter in the sky above. The rainy weather did however cause the Fifth Dimension Hibiscus in my garden down below to burst into bloom producing a close ‘conjunction’ of two different colours of flower on one stem! The Fifth Dimension Hibiscus cultivar often has several colours of flower at a time on the same plant because when the flowers start opening they are predominantly bright orange and red. As they increase in size orange gradually gives way to yellow. Once fully open they are mainly shades of bright yellow which become paler on prolonged exposure to sunlight. Rarely, extremely different coloured flowers occur close together and can even overlap. The uncanny coincidence is that on this occasion it happened on the same day that the planets Venus and Jupiter were in closest conjunction (but not visible from Mutare) in the heavens above!

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