Palms on the harbour beach | Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia
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Appreciating Palm Trees

Something about palm trees makes me happy. Perhaps they are a reminder of past travels, places of importance, childhood, or of people who are special to me. Perhaps they remind me of a state of relaxation I can only find while traveling. Perhaps they remind me of a climate I yearn to live in. Whatever the reason, there is a sense of relaxation that comes along with every one – whether wild, manicured, or simply a silhouette. Magazines and travel websites always captivate me with their wistful and enticing photos of tropical and luxurious destinations peppered with flowing palms. There are few other iconic natural items that instill such a deep calmness in me in the same way.

Las Vegas sunset palms

Las Vegas sunset

At the beach, I imagine the coconut that formed each coconut palm, floating aimlessly in the ocean until it created a home in the sand. I listen to the sound of millions of slivers of palm leaves shimmering in the breeze or their silhouette against a vibrant sunset. In my older age, I love the natural shade palms provide on a hot day.

In the city, I think of what the area used to look like before the buildings. Were palm trees natural here? Did landscapers add them just to add a touch of tropical flare to our city blocks? Date palms, fan palms, needle palms, fern palms. All unique in silhouette, all inspiring.

There is always a story to be told by their shape, orientation, and placement.

Padangbai harbor, Bali, Indonesia

Padangbai harbor, Bali

Mendoza, Argentina palm trees

Mendoza, Argentina palm trees

Shadow of a Puerto Rican palm tree

Shadow of a Puerto Rican palm tree

Palms on Maho Bay, St John

Palms on Maho Bay, St John

Siem Reap, Cambodia sunset palms

Siem Reap, Cambodia sunset palms


Koh Lanta, Thailand palm lined beach

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago, Chile

Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago, Chile


Palm tree shade in the USVI

Hansens Bay, St John

New Zealand fern palms at Wainui Falls

Wainui Falls, New Zealand

Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii sunset

Ka’anapali, Maui


Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California





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  • Reply Andi July 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    LOVED this post, as I took adore palm trees!!!

    • Reply annie July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

      i wish i could grow palm trees in my apartment :)

  • Reply Jenny Adams December 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    We will get some good shots in Costa Rica this spring I’m sure!

    • Reply annie December 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      um, yeah we will!

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