November 15, 2009

Vermilion tears

Walking along the mossy ramparts of the historic Fort Santiago in Intramuros, I spied a statue of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal through the branches of a flowering Caballero/Flame Tree (Delonix regia) in a gated and locked room inside the roofless ruins of a former Spanish military barracks. Rizal was incarcerated at Fort Santiago before his execution in Bagumbayan (Luneta or Rizal Park) in 1896.

statue of Jose Rizal in a locked room in the ruins of Fort Santiago

Urban or rural, natural or man-made, take a sightseeing tour of our world's diverse scenery!
Scenic Sunday

19 comments:

Don and Krise said...

Wonderful shot Hilda. Love the green and bright red against that tile and concrete. The opposing leaves remind me somewhat of our Sumac.

Jacob said...

You are so good, Hilda. This is an incredibly beautiful shot...composition, colors and light - everything's perfect!

Louis la Vache said...

Very fine shot, Hilda - and interesting history!

AL said...

Well I am glad to know that there are still a couple of caballero's around Intramurous. I seldom see them, even the one in my Grandfather's backyard is gone.

melandria said...

Beautiful indeed. Thanks for viewing mine.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

I learnt about Jose Rizal during history class in lower secondary school. He is indeed a national hero. The tree in your picture looks like the flame of the forest tree.

Thom said...

Thank you for stopping by my playground. I really appreciate it. That is a wonderful photo and the story that goes with it is very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday :)

Angel.Pearls said...

Beautiful!//Eva

Vogon Poet said...

I really like the angle of the photo and the statue. Also in Italian this plant is called albero di fuoco (tree of fire).

eileeninmd said...

Interesting spot with history and I lvoe the flame tree. So pretty.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So much information packed into this scenic shot!

arabesque said...

they look pretty, i can see that you have a knack for flowers, you seem to know them well. ^-^

ps: thanks sooo much for droppin by eventho ur sooo busy with work n everything. ^-^
appreciate it...

Rob and Mandy said...

really nice color contrast!

Cher said...

great shot! been to that lovely place when I was in college. 'hope to visit it again with my hubby and lil' girl when we have the chance to come home. :)

Dina said...

Quite eerie.
Good of you to discover him.

the donG said...

nice angle. not the usual shot of that statue. he actually look like he's leaning.

Tamera said...

Fabulous image, Hilda! Brava!

Cezar and Léia said...

Congratulations again dear Hilda, you are so talented this composition is perfect!
Léia

George said...

This is a wonderful photo. Thanks for the history.