Monday, November 8, 2010

(Day 312) Palm balm

There's something soothing about seeing palm leaves swaying in a light breeze against an azure sky. Ever since I set eyes on such a sight (way back in my youth) when I first visited Florida, that mental image and its connotations has remained with me. The small patch of 'rough' weather (I use the term loosely) we just had, has given way to those clear blue skies and warm temperatures that are key ingredients in the Sunshine State experience.

As the sun was dropping quickly late this afternoon I was compelled to capture a few images.

(All shots made with 70-200mm lens at f7.1 and ISO200, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/250 sec to 1/320 sec.)

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palm tree in autumn, with fruit


 

26 comments:

Scott said...

Very creatively and well done. I really like the division of the greens and the blues in that top pic.

Just out of curiosity, how long will you be in Florida?

Carolyn Ford said...

I like the idea of photographing palm fronds...really nice! We're leaving for Maui in a few hours...thanks for the idea!!!

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott; my favourite too - the contrast was wonderful.

@Carolyn - thanks Carolyn - look forward to seeing your Maui photos - it's been over 10 years since I was there; have a safe and enjoyable trip.

darlin said...

Beautiful shots Rick. I didn't know that palm trees bore fruit, is it edible?

ju-north said...

These colours are incredible! Love the shots!

Global Homemaker said...

I love the reds in the palm tree with fruit! Jody

Leovi said...

WOW!!! Very good! I particularly like the first two. Saludos.

bicocacolors said...

top pic is my favorite!
wow amazing and beautiful contrast of colors!!!
Well done Rick!

marty said...

tu sais que tu as de la chance de nourrir
ton esprit de si belles images et de si belles
couleurs, alors que ici souffle le vent et
tombe la pluie !!
bisous d'une jalouse !!!

The Whimsical Gardener said...

I have a windmill palm and love watching how the fronds move in the breeze. Each frond does more of a twist than a sway, if that makes sense...Great shots as always.

becky said...

Late afternoon light is the best, isn't it? It transforms the way we see (and record) things. Dawn & dusk... my 2 favorite times of the day for photography. The first is my fave.

lisa said...

What fantastics shots!!

Tricia said...

I know exactly what you mean about the palms & blue skies, they fit perfectly together!!!

S. Etole said...

those berries ... the first I've seen like that

teca said...

I loved all images.

Beautiful shots!

Beijos... many beijos.

CarreraCaballo said...

The first pic is beautifully composed, and very well processed - Actually, I am a great fan of blue and yellow :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Katherine said...

Tropical plants really are so very beautiful. We have a tropical garden..my husband loves palms, ginger plants and ferns.. so we have lots of them & they are lovely!
These photos are lovely Rick!

Rick said...

@Scott - missed replying to your question - we plan on being here till a week before Christmas and returning some time in Jan.

@darlin - thanks; yes, apparently the fruit is edible - maybe I'll have to ask the neighbour for some to try ;-)

@ju-north - thanks Julia; it was an incredible day !

Rick said...

@Global Homemaker - thank you Jody - those are the only 'fall' colours I've seen here.

@Leovi - thank you Leovi.

@bicocacolors - thank you Elena; the sky was as pure blue as could be !

Rick said...

@marty - yes, I'm very lucky marty - and I'm happy to share the beauty ! But you still seem to find beauty around you even when the wind blows and it rains ! Bisous from the land of blue and green ;-)

@The Whimsical Gardener - yes, I've seen that too when the wind blows a little harder; thank you Cat - I love palm trees (we're looking to add a few more).

@becky - yes, the light certainly is gorgeous then (I usually don't see that early morning light - leave that up to my wife ;-)

Rick said...

@lisa - thank you !

@Tricia - thank you Tricia !

@S. Etole - yes, not exactly what I had pictured to be on palm trees either.

Rick said...

@teca - thank you for your kind words teca - ALL of them; many beijos in return, and a lovely week !

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph; I too love the contrast of those two colours.

@Katherine - we feel like we're in a different kind of paradise here - all the plants and flowers and trees appear exotic to us; we're going to add a few more shortly (I'd like to buy one of everything ! ;-) Thanks Katherine.

darlin said...

Rick, you know your neighbors already? Wow, it sounds friendly there. And please do let me know what the fruits like if and when you try it, I'm curious.

Rick said...

@darlin - actually we have met some neighbours and they are friendly; just haven't met the neighbours who have the palm trees with the fruit - they may be seasonal and not here right now. I'll see if I can get some fruit though.

melocoton said...

great shots and colours!

greetings from barcelona.
www.kamjey.com

Rick said...

@melocoton - gracias ! Thank you also for visiting.