When visiting Florida I enjoy looking at the trees and plant life. Some are similar to what we have here in Pennsylvania; others are quite different. A good example is the palm tree. You won’t find these in the northeastern United States!
On a 2017 trip, I noticed this stately-looking specimen, particularly the trunk. It appears to have a ribbed or rope-like structure. After a quick search, I discovered it’s a banyan tree.
The banyans are native to India and Pakistan. Variations found in Florida enjoy the tropical climate. False Banyans (Fiscus Altissima) have become invasive in the southern regions of the state.
Taken in West Palm Beach, I’m not sure which type it is. Regardless, it’s a cool subject with an interesting backstory. Click on the link to hear more about Banyan trees.
Some of the most magnificent palm trees I’ve ever seen are located at The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, FL. They are absolutely HUGE with gorgeous fronds!
This photo was taken a few years back while visiting family. For those of us living in cold climates, the superimposed image of majestic palm trees over a decorated Christmas tree seems like a contradiction. When you associate palm trees with summer vacation and Christmas trees with snowy landscapes they appear to be an odd couple.
But, people everywhere celebrate the birth of Christ…in boots, flip-flops, and everything in between.
I thought this shot would be a fun “Christmas in July” post for our #TreeSquare Photo Challenge. No worries though, there’s still 165 shopping days left… 😉
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