This blog post is submitted as an entry to this week’s photo challenge.
As someone who’s lived in four different countries spanned across Asia and Europe, there aren’t a lot of things that are foreign to me. But during one of our family trips to the state of Sabah in East Malaysia, we saw a Rafflesia.
For those of you who haven’t heard of a Rafflesia, it is a parasitic flower. The plant has no stem, leaves or true roots, and the only part of the plant that can be seen is the five-petaled flower, which can be over 100 cm (39 in) in diameter and can weigh up to 10 kilograms (22 lbs).
This particular one wasn’t that big, but it was big enough to astound us – and be labelled as foreign.