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Maui on my Mind, Part 25

As I continued to stroll around, enjoying another beautiful day in paradise, I spotted a magnificent red Hibiscus — even nicer than those I have shared previously. It looked like it was getting its suntan, its face pointed in the direction of the Maui sun. Spectacular!

Nearby was another interesting Hibiscus blossom, of the two-tone variety — red and orange. Mother Nature sure loves to paint with an imaginative palette.

Next I came across a nice planting of Bromeliad — some single color, some two-tone and some spotted. There is nothing like the variety you find in a tropical garden.

This is a single Heliconia blossom. These are usually grouped in great profusion but the single, multi-colored flower really stands out dramatically against the darker foliage in the background.

This photo show a mass of blossoms from an Ixora plant. These are native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world consisting of some 562 species. Nice color to add to your tropical landscape.

This is also Ixora but the profusion of immature buds caught my eye. Nice.

In the lobby area of Napili Shores, I found this lovely Pink Spotted Phalaenopsis. See you don't have to go to the Maui County Fair to find beautiful orchids — they're everywhere.

I am amazed that tropical gardens do not require flowers to offer an abundance of color. For example, this planting of Croton does the job quite nicely.

Now this is really unusual. It looks like melted wax but is, in fact, an Indian Head Ginger flower. How exotic.

Ginger comes in many varieties. Here is a Pine Cone Ginger flower. It must be great fun to be a botanist in Hawai‘i.

With all the tropical plants in your palette, throw in some volcanic rocks and a few koi fish and you can paint such a pretty landscape. This is the koi pond just makai (in the direction of the ocean) of the Napili Shores front desk. I love it.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com