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Tree Tuesday: The Palm, in Retro

Palm and coconut trees have surrounded me throughout my life β€” first in Florida, then overseas in the South Pacific, and then again in Florida. As children, my brother and I took hammers and screwdrivers to coconuts we’d salvage from the trees on the island, in a valiant effort to break them open. It’s a wonder that more serious injuries weren’t committed. My poor mother.

So in honor of the ever-flexible and almighty palm, bending amid hurricane-force winds and not just surviving, but thriving…. Here are a few retro images. I blew one up for my mother, another military (Navy) brat who spent time at Punahou School on Oahu as a child.

Retro Palm Tree, Florida

Retro Palm Tree, Florida

Retro Palm Tree, Florida

Retro Palm Tree, Florida

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  1. That brought up some similar memories! Hammer and screwdriver were apparently the tools of choice for breaking into a coconut! I well remember sitting on the driveway in Miami as a kid and breaking through to the “milk”, drinking it and then smashing the coconuts on the concrete to get at the meat!
    Great post!

    –Wally

    March 12, 2013
    • Hah, thousands of miles apart but the technique remained the same! πŸ™‚ I look back now, and am amazed that those screwdrivers didn’t slip more often… And now, people are buying coconut milk at high $$ because it’s the vogue, healthy thing for you now. Heh!

      March 12, 2013
  2. I have to plan a trip to visit palms next winter! I love the warm climate. πŸ™‚

    March 12, 2013
    • I would LOVE a bit cooler climate, honestly… But I keep finding myself amid the palms!

      March 12, 2013
  3. In Liberia, the going rate was five cents – that would send a kid up the palm with his machete tied on his belt, ready to send a few coconuts down! No screwdrivers and such for us, though. The machete splits a coconut just fine!

    That first photo is marvelous. I’m really fond of that kind of treatment.

    March 12, 2013
    • Liberia β€” fascinating!! Oh, we had machetes as well that did that job… But my parents WISELY didn’t allow ready access to them.

      Where I was raised, a few degrees north of the equator, much damage to the digits was done due to machetes and these interesting…enormous…critters, which I’ll save for another day. πŸ™‚

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_crab

      March 12, 2013
  4. Wonderfull done, I really like these very much!

    March 12, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! It’s amazing how I tend to forget about the very trees I’m surrounded with… πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2013
  5. Where i live Coconuts are very exotic ! I love them and so do the winter birds, so when the winter comes i always buy one or two, and split them in two halfs so the Great tit have something to eat … // Maria

    March 12, 2013
    • Oh wow!! I had no idea that the birdies would eat from them like this! How fascinating… You just taught me something, and I live in an area surrounded with them, hahahahah! πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2013
    • Many Swedish bird like them, so try and tell me how it went ! // Maria

      March 13, 2013
      • I will! Wouldn’t it be great if our tropical birds ignored it, hahah!!

        March 13, 2013
  6. I love palms! My parents live in tropical Mexico, and I love the way the palms sound when the wind blows through their leaves. Funny…it always reminds me of rain. (Seattle gal at heart!)

    March 12, 2013
    • Oh, the sound of the wind β€” AND rain β€”Β through and on the palms is just divine!! There’s nothing like it in the world. It’s so great to hear from people, who have lived throughout the world with these fascinating trees…. Your family’s Mexico, my South Pacific, Liberia, and of course Florida.

      March 13, 2013
  7. Oh, this definitely brought back memories of my childhood in Florida. Going to sleep to the sound of the palms rustling in the wind was much like going to sleep to a gentle rain. They were so much a part of my life that even now, all these years later, I miss them. Thanks for sharing this.

    March 12, 2013
    • EXACTLY! I just mentioned that very thing, hahaha! It’s so funny, because I’m not really a tropics girl, but I’ve lived in them most of my life. And that sound is just divine…. So very lovely. And the rain on the palms! There’s nothing quite like it. I’m so happy to share a bit of it with you again…. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2013
  8. I once made a quick trip to Florida on business. Went straight from the airport to the meeting and was stuck inside all day. Instead of taking a lunch break, I told my boss that I was going outside to sit under a palm tree for 15 minutes. Got to love those palms!

    March 12, 2013
    • YAY!!! Good for you…. πŸ™‚ There’s nothing like regrouping with the TREES! Honestly, I’m not really a tropical girl (ironically, because I’ve lived in ’em most of my life!), but there’s nothing like the sound of the wind as it blows through the palms….

      March 13, 2013
  9. Beautiful shots! I lived in Fiji as a teenager and we were always trying to find ways to open the coconuts too…

    March 13, 2013
    • Thanks so much! It’s so interesting… People have commented on how they’ve lived in all areas of the globe, with palms β€” but you weren’t far from my neck of the woods! Well, when you’re out there, everything’s far…. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2013
  10. Great post treatment. I finally got into WordPress but have not activated it yet. I’m hosting one of those big themes that have lots of customisations.

    March 13, 2013
    • Ah, wonderful!! That’s actually what I’ve done here, believe it or not… (I have Linen.) I wanted a few things I couldn’t access on the freebie themes. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

      March 13, 2013
    • p.s. I still can’t figure out why I can’t get your feeds, though… I’ve done everything I can possibly do! So I can’t wait till you’re on WP. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2013
  11. Shoreacres mentions coconut palms in Liberia but during my stay there I was much more interested in palm nuts as opposed to coconuts. There was a song “Chicken and rice with palm butter is nice.” Truer words were never spoken!

    March 13, 2013
    • Heh, I don’t think I’ve ever had palm nuts…! We did have BREADFRUIT which was mighty delicious, though. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2013
  12. OH I love the second one. I can sit under that tree and drink a pina colada.

    March 13, 2013
    • Hee, thanks!! That’s the one I did for my mom… So ’50s!

      March 13, 2013

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