Palm Tree, Fort Lauderdale FL

Never mind that palm trees are to be found in California, in the American southwest, and in Florida (and that’s just the ones I know).  Early associations trump adult learning.  Forget the cedars of Lebanon: to me, palm trees speak now and always of the Middle East, of desert and sand dunes, of Bethlehem.

Nighttime shot looking up at palm tree, full-ish moon, and a cloudy sky.

Merry Christmas.

 

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4 Responses to Palm Tree, Fort Lauderdale FL

  1. My associations with palm trees are the same as yours. Your lovely photo might have illuminated a story in Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible. I seem to recall that palms are not native to Florida (e.g., http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Florida_Native_Palms.pdf ), although they arrived long before the other prevalent introduction, water hyacinth, that with pines so often dominate the view.

    • Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – I don’t suppose palms are indigenous to Arizona either, but they’ve found a welcome there nonetheless. (Refugee trees, perhaps?) I’ve not seen the Holy Land except in photos – I think it looks better in Bible illustrations . . .

  2. And I hear there are many rooms in the inns; tourism is way down thanks to the hostilities. A good place to stay away from. Safe travels!

    • Isabel Gibson

      Yes, I think we’ll pass on that part of the world. We’re home safely from this last spate of travel – and 1/3 of our luggage with us . . .