Botanical Wonders - Haiku

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I never fail to be amazed at the wealth of inspiration nature has provided me for my photography and writing. Last Easter weekend, on a day trip to Boca Grande Island in Florida, I came across these incredible traveler's palms. Although these palms (actually, I have since learned that they are not considered true palms!), are not an unusual sight here in Florida, I have never seen quite such breathtaking specimens. I have attempted to capture their beauty in these images and haikus....

Arboreal majesty

Braided center traveling

Forever skywards

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Majestic braided presence

Imperfect symmetry

Reaching ever sun-ward...

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The Traveler’s Palm (also known as Traveler’s Tree) is so-named because the sheaths of its stems act as rainwater reservoirs, functioning as emergency drinking water supplies for travelers in need. The name also reflects the tendency of the fan shape created by the leaves to grow in an east-west line, providing a crude compass. It belongs to the bird-of-paradise family and is native to Madagascar.


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FaerieMommy 4 years ago from Candler/Asheville, North Carolina

Very interesting photos. I like the way you captured the tree in a way that you can't really tell it's a tree.


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Barnsey 4 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

Yes, great photos, love the first one best! Looks almost like your an insect looking out of the mouth of the carnivorous plant that just grabbed you, nice!


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Hi Christiane,now that's how haiku is inspired. By nature, wonder and instinctive verse. Excellent! More please. Russ


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ChristianeLaird 4 years ago Author

Thank you Russ! More on its way :)


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ChristianeLaird 4 years ago Author

Thank you - I got a few strange looks while I lay on the ground to get that photo looking upwards!


kitkat 4 years ago

The haiku and pictures are just so gorgeous! You are so talented! Blessings to you!


Sopha 4 years ago

Beautiful photos and words. Nature is so rich and inspiring when we actually stop and really look.


Patricia 4 years ago

Loved the haiku and photos. Our lives are so enriched by nature. Looking forward to the next one.


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ChristianeLaird 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much Patricia :)


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ChristianeLaird 4 years ago Author

Thank you Kit Kat...


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ChristianeLaird 4 years ago Author

I know - it's SO important to remind ourselves to "stop and smell the roses"...

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