Category: Nature

Royal Poinciana’s Inspirational Beauty

  The first time I viewed this magnificent tree in bloom I was in awe. The year was 1977, and I had relocated to Palm Beach County. Forty-two years later, my reaction is the same. The royal poinciana tree, also known as the flame or flamboyant tree, has orange/red petals and a yellow and white …

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Christmas Palm in December

Trees indeed have hearts. ~ Henry David Thoreau I do not need to flip a calendar to signal December’s arrival. All I have to do is look out my third story office window to view my favorite palm–the Christmas palm. My Florida front yard is a riot of scarlet red as the tree’s clusters of …

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Elegant Egret by Karen Bryson

white egret, fence, tall grass

“When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift.” ― Justina Chen, North of Beautiful “I don’t normally do birds,” Karen Bryson reveals. That is until she saw a photograph her daughter-in-law’s mom had taken of an egret on the …

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When I was growing up, my mother took us wild flower hunting in the spring. In April of 2017,  I was at the Missouri farm and decided to reenact the adventure. Usually I visit in summer, fall and winter, so finding wild flowers was a treat. I have long forgotten the name of this plant, …

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