Yesterday I took two walks. In neither walk did I go far from our apartment. I wanted to take a few pictures to give you an idea of the beauty around me.
Clockwise from top left: (please click to enlarge): Pacific Madrone Trees (2), Weed, Daisy Cousin with Spit Bug, Wild Blackberries, Wild Rose, Hawk Weed
Clockwise from top left: (please click to enlarge): Harbor Seal, telephone booth, Harbor Seal, Thistle, Biplane, Tree & Sea, Dandelion Fluff, Bird Silhouette [center] Wild Blackberry.
Clockwise from top left: (please click to enlarge):Fox Glove plant below our bedroom window; Friday Harbor Marina; our apartment (top with balcony); Friday Harbor Labs & dock; our apartment seen from the bottom of the hill
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.