A blossom from the Passiflora (Passion Flower) group of plant
The lush green fields of vegetation stretch for miles not only throughout Thailand, but across many tropical countries. You probably get the most impressive views from the air, although rocking back and forth on a train while meandering along train tracks for hours is a nice way to see it, too - but when time allows I'd much rather see it on foot while taking a walk. If you'll pardon me for repeating an image, here's an example from the July 23rd Panorama Photos 2 post:
Being out in the countryside isn't a requirement, though; just taking time to stop and visit the parks within different cities, towns and villages is a rewarding treat, too - not to mention stopping to admire the potted plants and gardens that almost all homes have in one form or another for their own pleasure. They're there, if you stop and look. One of my favorite blooms (here, from Part 3) was just off in the corner of the yard kept by my friend's father (when he wasn't too soused to function). Had I not been creeping around in the yard I'd have missed it.
But before I wander too far off into story land let me again ask for input from anyone who thinks they can provide any identification for the three blooms posted today. These white beauties were all taken within the distance of a city block, but they were at least an hour from anything you could consider a city; out in the countryside, near a house a friend had recently mortgaged himself to.
The flower up top was about 1.5"/4cm across, as were the other two - none more than 2"/5cm wide. It was a lesson in observation for me, since I have a tendency to just stroll along, trying to take in the "bigger picture", but if I hadn't slowed my roll and paid attention to the greenery right next to me I'd probably have just thought "Oh, flowers... nice." and missed the difference between the three similar white blooms.
A white Mimosa blossom
When I'm in Thailand next time I plan to pick up a book on native flowers, but for now they remain a mystery to me. Beautiful... but a mystery. [Note: readers have provided the names that I've added as captions. Thanks, guys!]
Another bloom from the Passiflora (Passion Flower) family