02022-08-31 | Nature, Photos, Video | 3 comments

I love trees. Working together, trees and fungi made this planet habitable.
Yesterday morning I wondered what type of tree this might be:
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It’s all over Waikiki, in the parks, along some of the streets. It has a gorgeous canopy that reminded me of the Stone Pines that grace Portugal–see next photo–and which can be found in so many public squares in Southern Europe. The French will play Boule underneath lanes of Stone Pine, and you can find them all over Rome.
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I asked a few people and did a little research. Jacaranda, perhaps, or maybe Samanea Saman, also known as Rain Tree, because when it rains the leaves fold up and let the water pass. Don’t seek shelter under a rain tree when it starts to rain, I guess.
While looking for the tree I came across this lovely time-lapse of a Rain Tree’s first year of growth.

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  1. Y.

    Today I learned about, “crown shyness “ among trees.

    • ottmar

      I recently read “A Prayer for the Crown-Shy” by Becky Chambers, the second installment of the Monk and Robot series.
      But yes, what an interesting phenomenon. I enjoyed the little video that accompanied your re-tweet.

      • Y.

        That’s a nice tree connection/coincidence!
        The ocean and trees are the theme for the week. Nature is the best muse.


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