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Botanical Wonders - Haiku
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....
Braided center traveling
Majestic braided presence
Reaching ever sun-ward...
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.