Monday, March 14, 2011


03.14.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

The gorgeous kapok tree flower is just as odd as it is beautiful sitting atop a bare branch! The trees are naked when they bloom, which is not atypical, but the trees are huge and the flowers are not clustered nor close together - it's like someone just painted them in to provide a pretty picture.

My first memory of this tree was, as a child, visiting the famous Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, FL. At the time, I was more concerned with the food than the tree, but the size of the tree did have an impact. Hilton Kean Jones' blog post has some interesting information and visuals, including one of the massive tree trunk. And, apparently some cultures have a spiritual connection with the tree, as well. Once again, the internet research brings about a wealth of knowledge and some fond memories (though a bit of unexpected time-sucking on this topic today!). 3rd Ave N & 6th St, Naples, FL


  1. Wow - what an unusual-looking tree! I love the flowers - very pretty.

  2. Beautiful. I enjoy when photographs take me on journeys of learning. And so nice to see growth and vitality in these days of awful news from Japan.

  3. Beautiful flowering tree. A nice reminder of the beauty that surrounds us.