Weekly Photo Challenge: Big!

I’m typically a late participant in the Weekly Photo Challenge, sneaking in posts with an hour or two ’til deadline. Not so this time!  When I opened the front door this morning, I saw something REALLY BIG!!

Live Oak, Vero Beach, October 16, 2012My neighbour’s Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) is a monster that definitely dominates his property!  I estimate it stands 75ft high with a trunk diameter of 3.5 ft.: disproportionately big, but I’m betting his house is cooler than mine at noontime! :)

While residents of the official “Big Sky” states may raise a skeptic eyebrow, I thought last night’s Florida sky worthy of the title. It was quite stunning when rows of big cotton balls wiped out the blue. :)

As an aside, see the red splotches on the tree in the corner? Those are seed pods on the Golden Rain Tree in the vacant yard beyond my fenceline.  Yesterday, one of my favorite garden scholars blogged in depth about this tree on Anthropogen.com.

I’m not exaggerating when I say Anthropogen is a BIG blog, jam-packed with educational resources, field accounts, and photos of plants both common and exotic. If you’re at all interested in the history of the relationship between people and plants bookmark his hyperlink.

And last but not least, the Blackberry Lily I purchased in February is big, tall, and finally living up to it’s name:

Belamcanda Chinensis, aka Blackberry Lily, October 16, 2012

The “blackberries” aren’t berries at all :arrow:  they’re seeds… and they’re making a big mess, pelting the lily bed in ways I never imagined when admiring the flowers in June. ;)  Ah….such is life!

If you look closely, you’ll notice greenish pods from which the seeds burst forth; now cast your eyes to the second stalk from the left (along the fenceline,) and you’ll see a pod in the middle of the process, with occasional buds forming randomly on other stems!   Definitely a plant with big garden interest!

I hope you enjoyed my interpretations….dare I say……BIGtime? :)

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Until next time…..

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29 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Big!

    • Thank you, Claire!
      I’m delighted you commented specifically about one of the pictures! This is the first post containing shots from my new cameraphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III and I’m barely understanding it!
      Are you still vacationing?

      • Just back and trying to get some work done, the washing done and gradually catching up on the blogging! Lovely to have access to internet that works – as much as I enjoyed little/no access I realise I’ve missed my friends :)

    • Thank you! You’re always so supportive of my blog and I appreciate that!
      Imagine the stories that tree could tell? I’d love to see a photo that shows it the during the early stages of life to assess how long its been there! Any ideas?

    • I agree, Gilly!
      I’ve recently developed a love of foliage plants, where before I used to dismiss them as boring! Not so..
      Even succulents and sedum have subtle but beautiful seasonal changes that people often miss!

  1. Wow! Your neighbour´s tree is gigantic. I think I would be a bit scared having such a big tree so close to my house though, especially with lots of power lines nearby, too!

    • Not to mention the crazy windstorms and hurricanes we get every year! Oaks are sturdy, for sure, but even though the tree proper can withstand strong gusts not all the individual branches will; Some of the branches are the size of young trees! It’s Sayonara-city if one snaps off and lands on your roof or car!

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words regarding my blog. I believe you’ve definitely been one of my long-term followers. I keep writing and posting photos because I know there are people out there like yourself who appreciate them.

    • You are so very welcome!!
      Were I born a generation later and made a lot of different (better) choices in life, I’d have pursued a career much like yours. I love reading about the places you’ve seen and work you’ve done that impacts people and their environments in underdeveloped countries…fascinating stuff, and highly necessary!
      You keep writing and many of us will keep reading! :)

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