One of the things I enjoy the most about living in Florida are the abundance of flowers and plants that grow year round. This year I purchased a large red poinsettia to place outside with a Christmas present lawn ornament I received last year as a gift. One morning I went out to check to see if it needed water and noticed the dew from the night before on the leaves. I quickly grabbed my camera to get some shots before the sun got any higher knowing once it hit the leaves the dew would begin to evaporate. Over the past several months I have taken numerous photos for the drops of water theme and just wasn’t sold on any of them. This one hit the mark for me. I love how the dew picks up the light and gives it a frosted look.
I looked up a little history on the poinsettia plant and discovered its long history dates back to the 14th-16th century when the Aztecs called them “Cuetlaxochitl”. The sap was used to control fevers and the bracts(modified leaves) were used to make a reddish dye. The botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima,(meaning very beautiful) was given by a German botanist Wilenow. In 1828 Joel Roberts Poinsett the first US Ambassador to Mexico brought back cuttings from the poinsettia to his greenhouse in South Carolina. The plant bears its common name because of his discovery. Today there are numerous colors and varieties of poinsettia plants available. I’m still a big fan of the original red.