is a beautiful flowering tree from Borneo (left)
amazing flowering tree was seen in Cambodia. This tree is only grown at
a Buddhist Temple. It's name is: Shorea Robusta Roxb. We saw it in the
garden of the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh. You must enlarge this
one to 125%! If you know more about this tree please let me know.
the leaf is a group pitcher plants native to Malaysia. Much larger
versions of these were seen by Vivian and Dennis on their trek up Mt.
Kinabalu in Borneo.
Are these flowers or butterflies? (right)
Does this plant (left) look like a butterfly or a flower? It really
is a flower. I know because it didn't move!!! Scott thinks it's a type
of pitcher plant - I think he's right!
You do see poinsettias in many parts of the world. Even so, here's a
nice shot (right) you could lift for your Christmas letter!
Does this look like a relative of the poinsettia. (left)
little purple flowers were something I've never seen before. The zig-zag
stems are most unusual. The flowers grow on the end of a very long
straight red stem. The plant itself looks like a small palm tree. Pretty
flowers on the left are really from New Zealand. Because they present a
very different appearance at each stage of their flowering I couldn't
Those of you that have visited the South Pacific will
recognize the bloom on the right as they readily fall of trees and cover
the ground or float down stream to present a very beautiful carpet of
flowers. They turn color as they "age."
More marvelous flowers that thrive in hot wet climates.
These two interesting plants (right and left) were growing on the island of Beqa in Fiji. The local resort had introduced some unique species of
plants in their manicured landscaping. Because this area of Fiji is
known to be a rainforest orchids are plentiful.
yellow flowers to the right come under the heading of, "If you're not
having fun why are you doing it!" These we found right outside out yacht
club in Marina Del Rey.
we go across the Pacific we enjoy the efforts of the local people to
beautify their environment. I decided to dedicate a page to the
beautiful floral displays we enjoyed everywhere we went. The one on the
left is from Apia, Samoa. This fence surrounds the war canoes.
saw many of these beautiful orchid plants (right) in Samoa. People would
place a large bamboo post up as part of fence. The bamboo served
as a host for the parasitic orchid. These orchid fence posts were quite
from California we're pretty familiar with bougainvillea (left).
However, this lavender color is rather unique.
beautiful red/orange blossoms belong to a plant that we've seen in
hedges - the type people just grow by putting a stick in the ground.
I've been told that the stick must have its bark on in order to grow.
beauties from Samoa!
people say, "If you've seen one _____, you've seen them all."
Fortunately I don't feel that way. One more gorgeous flower is still
more beautiful than the last.
visit to the Bahai Center in Samoa was a real treat. These floral
displays are from that visit.
lovely begonias were part of the Bahai display.
around the center was a very special experience.
we've called a red ginger plant has the name of tutuila. There is an entire
week's festival in Apia, Samoa every year dedicated to this striking
of these species we saw all across the tropics and they aren't a bit
unique, but they remain just as eye-catching. These alamandas (left) are from Savai'i.
not unique, but fun to capture for this website and maybe a greeting
saw these beauties outside the King's Palace in Tongatapu, but also
again in the Ha'apai.
purple and blue flowering bush is one of the more amazing plants I've
seen. We saw it first in the Ha'apai. I have never seen such a plant
before or since!
saw Frangipani throughout the islands. However, I believe that the most
beautiful were in the Ha'apai, Tonga.
must be something about the weather that's just about perfect for them
(the frangipani). (right and left)
couldn't decide whether this close-up of a flame tree (left) was more
beautiful, or whether this view of the whole tree was rather interesting
lovely climbing vine is from northern New Zealand - Russell to be exact.
started to get kind of wild here, trying my hand at flying things like
this bee held still for the previous shot I felt he was fair game on the
little blue flower!