Hello Friends and Family,

Golden Gate Park, Part 6

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I spotted this interesting variegated tropical plant and, although I didn't know its name, I had to take a photograph. However, another photographer was standing in the perfect spot taking shot after shot. I stood there patiently, assuming that he would notice that I wanted a chance to exercise my camera too, but he was so absorbed in taking his 100 shots that he did not offer the courtesy of sharing the photographic goodies. So I walked away, taking some more shots of other tropical plants knowing that I would be coming back this way in a bit. And when I did, he was gone, now I could take my shots — which came out nicely. BTW, a Google search suggests this is a Canna Lily — there is one blooming flower (on the left) towering about those striking leaves. The flowers come in an array of colors — orange, red, yellow, pink, or cream.

Next up is a very photogenic water lily flower in yellow. I love the drops of water on the petals — makes it look like it belongs in an advertisement for hand lotion or facial moisturizer.

Nearby is another water lily flower exhibiting a different shape to the petals and beautiful color contrasts between the center and periphery of the flower.

Even more exotic is the large water lily pad with two flowers whose stalks have poked holes through the pad itself. Mother Nature works in mysterious ways sometimes.

Look! I think we're in Hawai‘i! It's a red hibiscus — big and bold and beautiful. This looks like the model they might have used when they designed the Hawaiian Airlines logo.

Next I encountered another striking Bromeliad. I love the variety of this family of tropical plants.

My eyes look to the next plant and it reveals itself to be an orchid, specifically a phalaenopsis — one of the most common varieties seen in Hawai‘i because of their beauty but also for their hardiness.

And double WOW! An absolutely incredible hibiscus — in a pattern that I don't think I've ever seen before. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Next is another exquisite water lily flower (also with water drops). Magnificent.

Surprise — several tropical water pitcher plants. These are carnivorous — they "eat" insects. First they generate a pouch containing nectar and rainwater. The aroma of the nectar attracts insects which cannot grasp the slippery sides of the pitcher thus fall into the liquid, which also digests the victims providing nourishment to the plant.

Last for today is this giant water lily pad (Victoria amazonica). Some grow to as large as 8 or 9 feet in diameter and able to support 100 pounds. I also noticed the spiny looking thing in the foreground which I think is a new, immature pad. Notice that the big pads have spines along the edges just like this new one. Interesting.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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