I’ve been trying to get a good shot of this tree for sixteen years, but it grows so huge that it’s impossible to get a good closeup shot of the blooms while getting the entire tree as well. A few months ago, I did a shoot of different stages of the flowers on a bush-sized tree at a local car wash, but a few days ago I noticed that it was in full bloom and at a perfect stage and size to capture the entire tree. Recently, I also found out the name of this tree after years of inquiry—the flowering Schefflera or Octopus Tree.
Sighted these blooms on an African Tulip tree across the street from Martin’s Restaurant, where we conduct our weekly writers group. The roof had a piece of plastic tarp hanging down from it that flapped in the wind, obscuring this view. I had to take a few to finally get this. My favorite tree. I had a yellow one in my yard that was blocking my last view of the lake so sadly I had to cut it down.
I didn’t actually steal these flowers. I merely photographed them as I drove down the hill to buy bags of dirt for some replanting . I actually drove past, then stopped, backed up and parked so I could take these shots. Certainly better filled out than my two strands.
This is the tree I asked Pasiano to cut down twice six months ago, when it was in its messy dormant stage where it was dropping all its leaves to stand ugly and gray beside the pool. I guess I’m glad he didn’t, but may change my mind when it is once again flowerless and leafless!