Thursday, March 10, 2011

Flower and Tree (Photos) Golden and Pink Trumpets in Okinawa, Japan

This gets better all the time. Just as soon as my head cleared from researching those Golden Trumpet Trees another breed of them started popping out of the tree branches. Only these ones are PINK !

The wife told me about them. She said they were Ipe Trees and told me where she spotted them. So, first thing I did was harness up three dogs and hiked down the road without a camera, just to have a look.

The pink flowers I saw were growing right near some other trees that had Golden Trumpets on them.  They were across the highway from me.  Between the traffic and some construction going on along the highway, I decided, I wasn't running across the street to look any closer. The pink flowers looked too small to be Ipe tree flowers, to me.

So, I went home and did what any respectable man does.  I told the wife she's nuts.

"They ain't Ipe flowers and they ain't even close to being Ipe trees. They're different, Hah !"

Well, it was International Women's Day yesterday so, I decided we'd go on a little romantic walk.

That way, she could take her dog and I'd only have the two Huskies, of mine, to walk.

Plus, I could show her women ain't as smart as men, when it comes to looking at trees. Hah, again !

Well, sonovagun, when you get close enough to see the little pink things they are just like the yellow ones, only smaller.

Today, I went back and took photos so you can see for yourself.  I wish I could have climbed up in the trees and grabbed a few of each.  That way I could get them out of the wind and place them side by side for a better comparison.  If only there weren't so many construction people watching.

The pink flowered trees have larger leaves than the yellow ones.  Even the wife agrees with me on that.

Most of the leaves on the Golden Trumpets have blown away so, what you see in these photos are the pink flower's leaves.

In my never ending quest for truth, I found THIS ON WIKIPEDIA so, I guess it's safe to call the trees TABEBUIA . They are definitely Ipe Trees.

It sure would be nice to know what the scientific name is, though. I bet the Pink Trumpets and Golden Trumpets have different names. There has to be some way to convince the wife she was wrong.

Maybe we'll just have to go back under the cover of darkness.  I'll hold the ladder and send the wife up to snatch some branches of the Golden and the Pink Trumpet Trees.

If we happen to get caught, I bet the judge knows the Latin names for those flowering trees !

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