For Cee’s Flower of the Day.
For Cee’s Flower of the Day.
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.
For Becca’s Sunday Trees, a bit late this week.
The scientific name of this tree, native to southern Mexico, is as surreal as the bloom. it is pseudobombax ellipticium! More commonly known as the shaving brush tree.
See Cee’s luscious bearded iris HERE.
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’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.
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For Sunday Trees.
There’s No Denying Nature
There’s no denying nature, it surrounds us one and all.
Each time the palm tree shudders and its blossoms start to fall,
they cloak the water of my pool and cover every stone
that paves my outer terrace as though they must atone
for some ill that must be covered up, some sin they’re meant to hide.
It cannot be I who have erred, for I am safe inside.
Yet who am I, denying these early April showers?
I come to float upon my back, surrounded by the flowers.
Though they might create problems with the pool drain and the filter,
throwing all our man-made systems more or less off-kilter,
yet each year I must admit I suffer a few qualms
as I call the men to come and trim the refuse from the palms.
There’s no denying nature, be it human or a tree.
Each day as I look up at them, they, too, look down on me.
They see my foibles and excesses—the errors I have sown
And like forgiving neighbors, cloak my messes with their own.
The WordPress prompt today is “denial.” I’m also combining it with the NaPoWriMo prompt for April 4. That prompt is: a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often.