This monochromatic picture resembles my mood throughout most of the winter season. I prefer the warmth of summer and crisp autumn leaves to frigid temperatures and soggy grounds.
Tire tracks remind us that despite icy conditions, people still venture out to enjoy the local park. Glowing yellow lights from the building offer a pop of color in an otherwise drab colored scene.
However, tree limbs dusted with sparkling snowflakes are so pretty! It’s as if they’ve donned white garments to protect against the cold. Beautiful in all seasons, trees offer so much. It’s hard to imagine the landscape without them!
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.