I love this photo of the inside of a papaya I bought here in Sikeston, MO. It was not only full of potential flowers, protected by a perfect star, but also gave a hint of the flowers to come in the dark outline of a flower that surrounded the star. Nature is incredible in its plans and artistry.
This is a photo of a real bloom from my papaya tree in Mexico.
I had to pull off the road to snap this beauty. I’d passed it at least four times in the past week, thinking every time that I had to photograph it. This time I did so, shooting against the sun with my iPhone 6 as my beloved Canon is recently deceased and much-mourned. I actually got 4 or 5 views from different angles that I liked, but I think this is my favorite. The much larger Royal Poinciana Tree at the front of my house hasn’t come into full bloom so far, perhaps because the electric company had to take a machete to it since it was growing too close to the wires. I think the trees at lower elevations than mine are blooming early this year and very abundantly. I’ve seen several others I want to capture as well.
I stopped to photograph this beautiful tree, but I’m unsure what it is. Its blooms look like orchids and so I’ve always called it an orchid tree. A friend thought it was an hibiscus, but I’m sure it isn’t. Anyone know the correct name? Jude at cornwallincolours has solved the mystery. It is, in fact a purple orchid tree. Its scientific name is bauhinia variegata. Thanks, Jude! Go see her beautiful varied Cornwall sky photos. The link is above.
I am so fascinated by this tree that I pulled over to the side of the road to photograph this one. This is its final stage, when the flowers have formed into pods that have broken open to spill out their floss. In some of the photos, you can see pods that haven’t burst open. These bundles are large–some eight inches to a foot long. They were used in much the same ways as kapok—for mattress stuffing and protection of items for packing and shipping.
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