Tropical Canopy

Upward view of exotic trees in Hawaii

I was wandering around Honolulu's Foster Botanical Gardens back in 2008, taking in the exotic scenery. Looking up, I marveled at the incredible variety of shapes silhouetted against the sky.

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Natal Lily

A group of Clivia plants with bright orange flowers

Adorning the grounds of the UCLA Sculpture Garden, these brilliant orange blossoms of Clivia Miniata were a treat for the eyes. The plant is a shade lover, originally native to South Africa, with large strap-like leaves. The amazing flowers typically bloom in the spring. Photographed with my iPhone in 2017.

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Aloe Vera Flowers

Three flower clusters of the Aloe Vera plant

The intriguing flowers of this Aloe Vera Plant called out to me to take their picture. Aloe is a garden favorite due to its exotic looks, and is particularly striking when the flowers are blooming. Photographed with my iPhone.

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Sacred Bamboo

Vivid red and green leaves of the Heavenly Bamboo plant

The brightly colored leaves and intense red berries of this Nandina plant, aka Heavenly Bamboo, provided a vibrant complementary color scheme for this photo. Native to eastern Asia, the plant is actually an evergreen shrub and not a bamboo at all. Photographed with my iPhone.

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Golden Blooms

A mass of brilliant yellow flowers

The vividly colored, velvety flowers of the plant known as Kangaroo Paw is a popular decoration in Southern California landscapes. As you might guess from the name, it is native to Australia. Photographed while on a neighborhood walk with my iPhone.

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Reaching to Heaven

A worms-eye view of the branches and leaves of a tree

Looking upward, from under a massive tree, I was fascinated by the wonderful structures and patterns silhouetted against the sky. Photographed at the Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Miramar Trees

Exotic trees and flowers

Back in 2005, I was living in Miramar, New Zealand, a suburb of the capitol city Wellington. While out for a walk, I happened upon this sight, right out of a fairy tale. Fortunately I had a camera with me to capture the moment. The camera was nothing fancy, just a point-and-shoot Olympus Stylus, using Kodak Gold film.

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