Kapok Tree, Tourist Tree, Travelers Palm & Ginger Bloom: Key West
January 31st, 2009
We are dry camping on the Navy Base at Trumbo Point in Key West. I am a retired DOD civilian and the Navy allows retired DOD civilians to camp in the Navy facilities as long as there is space available. We are paying $12 a night to dry camp on a grass field along with over 600 other RV's. All I can say is: It is wonderful.
Coontie Palm Fruit on plant in Key West, Florida
This seed pod was located near the ground coming out of the base of the plant. The plant looked to me like some exotic fern or cross between a fern and dwarf palm. If anyone knows what it is please let me know. The leaves are thick and waxy. It is low to the ground with the seed pod coming out of the "trunk" near the ground.
These dainty purple flowers are interesting.
Kapok Tree on display at the Monroe County Courthouse on Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida
Chenille bloom in someone's yard near Truman's Little Whitehouse Key West, Florida
These bright red blooms are on a chenille plant.
Starburst Bloom in someone's yard near Truman's Little Whitehouse Key West, Florida
This is a starburst bloom. The small trees are spectacular but it seems impossible to get a satisfactory picture of the entire plant. The white parts of the bloom wash out the picture. The only way to get a picture seems to be to take the flower in the shade or at least subdued light.
Ginger Bloom in someone's yard near Truman's Little Whitehouse Key West, Florida
This bright red flower is on a ginger plant. Here in Key West we see ginger plants that are 8' to 10' tall. Back in Pensacola they seem to only get about 4' tall. Until here in Key West we have not seen any red ginger. We see white blooms on the ginger I am familiar with.
This orchid plant was on the side of a royal palm tree in a spectacular yard in Truman Annex.
Travelers Palm in Truman Annex Key West, Florida
These travelers palms were in a yard also located in Truman Annex.
Osprey parent on nest located in the Trumbo Point Campground in Key West, Florida
This is one of the osprey parents on the nest above our motorhome. They are very noisy and have totally "whitewashed" a screen tent set up on the other side of the nest. I have to wonder why the camp hosts put anyone in that site --- on the other hand I do not know why anyone would stay in that site but the folks there are there for the winter.
Jolly II Rover sailing schooner as seen from Sunset Pier as it passes by Sunset Key in Key West, Florida
Key West Door Decoration