This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.
Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light. The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek. I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing. As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is. For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras.
As I walked around this adorable little flower, playing with the light from various angles, I thought about its significance to the Peranakan culture – we use it as a natural colouring for some of my favourite sweets: Apom Berkuah, a crumpet-like pancake slathered with caramelised banana sauce; Kueh Salat: a 2-tiered cake, on top a creamy & fragrant custard, redolent with coconut milk & pandan, on the bottom, toothsome & decadent sticky rice. Both of these are traditionally beautified with a touch of the butterfly pea flower extract.
When I did a little digging, I discovered that Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is taken for health benefits, with antioxidant, analgesic and anti-stress properties. All in a dainty pretty little flower; I have some dried flowers in the pantry, I am going to make myself a cup now.