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I took the photos below on the University of Hawaii campus. OC said he had something to do in his lab that would take about 20 minutes. I took my camera and disappeared for 45 minutes. Even so, I returned too early. I was unsurprised to find him still working. His concept of “20 minutes” and mine vary greatly.

I entered his lab full of enthusiasm over the exotic plants I’d found and I began chattering about the glorious orchid trees. OC said, “You mean the one just out the door and to the left?” I agreed. He informed me that I’d been snapping photos of Tulip trees. African Tulip Trees.

Okay. I didn’t argue with him. He’s the botanist, right? (Keep in mind he also doesn’t know how to tell time.)

I brought the photos home, downloaded them, trimmed them, named them and saved them — only to be corrected later and told that they are not African Tulip Trees, but are instead . . .

. . . Hong Kong Orchid Trees.

This is a Hong Kong Orchid Tree.

This is a Hong Kong Orchid.

Sorry it’s a bit blurry, the wind was blowing and the dang thing wouldn’t stay still — not even when I took my umbrella to it! Just the same, I thought those of you shivering in the snow and ice while dreaming fondly of Spring might like a bouquet of flowers.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Quilly ~ Thank you for sharing your nice warm pictures, as I write this is is -12 Celsius or 10 Fahrenheit. cold by any standard.

    Stay warm and a Happy New Year to you and OC

  2. Tulips… Orchids…. what’s the difference? 😉

    Beautiful colors Quill, you have a good eye for pictures.

    On a totally different note, the PGA Tour starts this week in Kapalua, Hawaii. I assume you both have your tickets already?

    Have a Happy New Year Quill and OC.

  3. Some would say it doesn’t matter what they are, they’re just beautiful. Wifey commented as she passed the computer “there’s nothing like bragging about where you live”, I think she’s jealous, and probably with good reason.

  4. Thanks for the flowers. It is cold here. And thanks for lifting my spirits over and over with funny little stories of your adventures. I wish you and OC a happy and blessed New Year.

  5. Doug — that’e the only way OAhu is going to ever see snow — in my banner.

    Brian — Kapalua is on the island of Maui. OC says it is too far to swim. Sorry.

    Pauline — stay tuned, plenty more where that came from.

    Bazza — tell Tina the bad stuff: Little island, too many people, way too much traffic, very expensive. There. Does she feel better now? I hope so because more photos are going up. And hey, what are all those local color photos on your blog if not bragging?

    Doctor John — I am honored if I bring even a little laughter into your life.

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