August 12, 2005
Volume 1 - Number 153

Chinese Fan Palm, Livistona chinensis

a palm frond.

On the same evening neighborhood walk when I photographed yesterday's hibiscus (confirmed as such) this large palm leaf grabbed my attention. I initially saw it out of the side of my eye and, of course, stopped and snapped several pictures, including one with a fuller view.

Note the gentle half circle, in the upper right, more visible in the fuller view shot. The whole image, for me, radiates aliveness and energy. Though the leaf splays out into a wide area it remains centered at the core (bottom of the photo)

With this leaf, I wish you an alive, energetic and full weekend, one where you too remain centered throughout.

Note: When asked for help in identifying this palm, field biologist Janine Bacquie wrote, "It is probably a Chinese Fan Palm, Livistona chinensis. Native to China and Southeast Asia, as well as the Middle East and Africa. "

Sam and I have lived in our community for over 2 1/2 years now and this week was the first I noticed this particular palm plant. When attempting to check it out this morning a neighbor pointed out that many of the houses are using it to camouflage the electrical power boxes that are on our lawns.

I started comparing it with the other low cut palms and continued to be impressed with the aliveness and grace of this plant.

My invitation to you is to spend some time this weekend looking around you
, noticing things you have not seen before. You might make a list. Note what it is that is attracting you and why.

Then remember those things that give you a smile and make you feel good so that you can "visit" them again. In the future, if they are no longer there, you may want to recreate them in your mind, to recapture that feeling.

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