Tree Tuesday: The Palm, in Retro
Palm and coconut trees have surrounded me throughout my life — 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.
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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!
Hah, thousands of miles apart but the technique remained the same! 🙂 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!
I have to plan a trip to visit palms next winter! I love the warm climate. 🙂
I would LOVE a bit cooler climate, honestly… But I keep finding myself amid the palms!
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.
Liberia — 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. 🙂
Wonderfull done, I really like these very much!
Thanks so very much! It’s amazing how I tend to forget about the very trees I’m surrounded with… 🙂
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
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! 🙂
Many Swedish bird like them, so try and tell me how it went ! // Maria
I will! Wouldn’t it be great if our tropical birds ignored it, hahah!!
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!)
Oh, the sound of the wind — AND rain — 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.
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.
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…. 🙂
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!
YAY!!! Good for you…. 🙂 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….
Beautiful shots! I lived in Fiji as a teenager and we were always trying to find ways to open the coconuts too…
Thanks so much! It’s so interesting… People have commented on how they’ve lived in all areas of the globe, with palms — but you weren’t far from my neck of the woods! Well, when you’re out there, everything’s far…. 🙂
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.
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!
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. 🙂
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!
Heh, I don’t think I’ve ever had palm nuts…! We did have BREADFRUIT which was mighty delicious, though. 🙂
OH I love the second one. I can sit under that tree and drink a pina colada.
Hee, thanks!! That’s the one I did for my mom… So ’50s!