A Pieceful Life

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Of palm trees, lava and coral

We’ve seen palm trees before on various travels – always fascinated, and once again enjoyed the various trees seen in Hawaii.  Apparently there are 120 different species – these are but a few:

12.Fan palms

02.Palms

09.Bamboo palm 07.Oil palm

10.Palm

39.Coconuts 

Volcanic eruptions formed these islands, and the generally lush landscape belies the violence and devastation of their history.Lava rock is everywhere to be seen, in some places still choking out the vegetation, after more than 200 years since the last flow:38.Lava field21.More surf 

And in some places, the lava has ‘colored’ the sand – hard to believe that this would be ‘soft’ to walk on:46.Black sand

But the abundance of rock can be very useful.  A low rough fence is enough to let you know not to enter:03.Lava rock wall  

But in some places we saw the work of true artisans in building fences that were perfectly straight top and sides:07.Rock wall

Coral reefs form protection around the island, and pieces will at times wash up on shore, like these that we found:003

Also coral had often been used to create long-lasting structures, like this old prison wall:

55.Old prison wall

Happy Hawaii!              Blessings, Peg

3 comments:

  1. The palm trees in Balize are shaped like the one in the top picture. I guess that is a special way they are trimmed as we only saw them around the airport. I love palm tress, mainly because they mean warm weather. LOL
    QMM

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  2. It's too bad Loki (?) doesn't like sharing. I would love to have some Hawaiian coral or lava rock for my collection. Ah, well.

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