Posts Tagged ‘tree’

my banana tree

backyard banana tree

It’s great that the weather in California is warm enough for the banana plant to thrive.

I was very pleased when I noticed that the banana tree in the backyard was bearing fruits. We did have banana trees in my childhood home in Asia, but I never really bothered to see how the fruit grew.

So this time around, it was very interesting to watch the process. The cone-shaped piece at the bottom of the bunch of bananas is actually a delicacy in Malay cooking. It is know as jantung pisang, literally means the heart of the banana. It is usually cooked in a coconut milk based curry/gravy.

The ripened fruit has a firmer texture and a creamier flavor than the store-bought ones.

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hong kong orchid

The Hong Kong Orchid tree, a favorite of the hummingbirds, in full springtime bloom.

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my backyard orange tree

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northern mockingbird and flowers

This tree, after many years, suddenly bloomed with these pink flowers. On a clear, beautiful morning, a bird, a northern mockingbird I think, decided to take a closer look.

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my garden oranges

Navel oranges from my backyard tree.

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life lesson from nature

It’s great, of course, when we can see a situation or a problem from the vantage point. But perhaps one of life’s lesson is to see and value perspectives gained from other angles: from the sides, and the hidden ones.

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bedroom window

A small room can come with a big bonus.

That thought came to my mind as I was thinking about my recent switch of bedrooms.

When the master bedroom was undergoing some repairs, I moved to the guest room, primarily as a temporary place to get a good night’s sleep.

I don’t often use the guest room myself. It’s considerably smaller than the master, but as I soon found out, it has a big advantage.

The master bedroom faces the wall separating my house from my neighbor’s.

The guest room looks out into the backyard and the morning sun. When I look out of the window in the morning, I see the flowering tree that I have nurtured, and beyond that, a row of tall fir tress in the surrounding neighborhood comes into view.

Just outside the window, there is a good-sized hibiscus shrub. The smaller birds like to flit among the branches.

I think someone in the neighborhood leaves pieces of bread in their yard. Birds carry these morsels of found food to the hibiscus bush to hide them or to enjoy them in solitude. Sometimes, the bread picker is followed and trailed by other birds, swooping into the bush, quarreling and chirping madly over the bread – mimicking the behavior of humans.

In the afternoon, a series of movements entertains. As the weather warms up, I’ve hung a set of lighter, floral curtains. These flutter with the breeze, while on the other side of the window pane, the hibiscus leaves gently shake.

I supposed I’m permanently ensconced in this room, even though the master bedroom has been fully repaired. I have made my new bedroom as comfortable as I can. But perhaps I should be careful not to amplify these efforts much further, just in case I’ll be tempted to find excuses to linger in the room. And neglect the chores and business that need to be done.

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sharifah quietude

Time to think,
A special spot.

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floral beauty

In design, the color purple is often associated with the cold, dark months; a shot of the royal color to add warmth to the room.

But in Southern California, at this time of the year, the jacaranda tree blooms, creating a canopy of purple flowers as one drives or walks along the street.

I didn’t know the name of the tree, until my neighbor, who is originally from South Africa, identified it. She said it is also a popular tree there.

I suppose one could say that the jacaranda is the Southern Californian equivalent of the cherry blossom. In this case, it blooms at a time when spring is soon about to rotate into summer, when the days will be long and hot. Days that somehow need to be grabbed and savored at the same time, before fall slips in again.

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fun sighting

It was fun to see the shape of the trunk and two small eyes of a baby elephant face on the cotton piece on the left.

be humble

The park was quiet. The walk, especially looking at the trees, was invigorating to both body and mind.

I gazed at the cotton tree, and the cotton looked like white gloves.
Then on the one on the left, a baby elephant face emerged. Can you see it, too?

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