Pygmy Date Palms

Palms

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Every year the palms bloom.  You know I am charmed by the palms.  These Pygmy Date Palms have smaller blooms because they are young.

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Che says “Hi”.  He hasn’t appeared lately.  He may be worried that you have forgotten him.  I assured him that he is unforgettable!

34 Comments on “Pygmy Date Palms

  1. Très Bien ! Excellent sequence. Must be tired or it is this bug I picked up; my eyes are playing dyslexia. Thought the title was Pygmy Dates Palm. Could have been a National Enquirer Headline ( or Fox News) or else a version of hop scotch. Considering the train of thought, it is definitely the bug.

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  2. I very much like the colours in the first photo – so very Spring. All of the palm ones look very good to me. It’s the first time that I’ve seen all of Che. That baleful eye warding off interruption as he knaws. He has such beautiful, tiny paws – so delicate! And that fur!…

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  3. Pygmy palms are native to Texas? They are unusual, I like them and you’ve photographed them beautifully. Little Che is a love….I just want to sink down into his fur.

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    • No, I don’t think they are native to Texas. Maybe far south Texas. It’s too cold in winter here for them. This last winter was unusually warm, but the frost bit them a little even at that. A freeze would kill them if they weren’t really protected and heated with Christmas lights.
      I’m glad you liked the pictures. I am fascinated by palms of all kinds.
      Che is a sweetheart. He isn’t crazy about being held except by my daughter who charms anything with fur. He is the softest little critter. Did you ever see the fur coats? They all look like they are made of rows of dead animals strung together. Actually, they are. I saw one on eBay for $14,000. I wouldn’t have it free! 🙂

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      • Yes…they look that way because they ARE dead animals strung together! I don’t understand how people can hold their heads up high when they wear fur. A different mindset I guess. Keep posting pictures of the little guy, it’s so rare that I see a chinchilla!
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        • You don’t see them because they’re too much trouble to keep! 🙂 Unfortunately, I’d bet half of the ones sold in pet stores are killed accidentally by kids handling them or they get too hot and die. They require a very limited, specialized diet and dust baths and exercise and, and, and…. But, they are charming little critters!

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    • I like soft images of things I like. 😉 Unfortunately, I often get “soft” images of stuff I’d prefer not to get! I like these too. Thanks, Scott.

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    • Palms are unusual plants all around. The bark of the Queen Palm is the most fascinating marvel of engineering I ever saw! Thanks for the visit.

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  4. Wonderful photos of the palms, George! Natural light, right?! 🙂 I love the soft, blurred background. The textures all come through so beautifully. I also REALLY like the composition of the first image. I’m in LOVE with Che’s ears. His little face, paws, and whiskers are so incredibly sweet. I adore him!

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    • Yep, natural light. 😉 I have trouble, with my glasses, when I am trying to compose a shot. I can’t see the entire frame. I have to guess! I loved the bokeh in them too. Of course, I am fascinated by palms. I keep them even if I have to replace them after the winter. I’ve only had to do that once. Most people here don’t keep the Pygmy ones because they are not cold hardy in this zone. Christmas lights, canvas tarps and double nursery bags kept them alive year before last. This year, we had a mild winter.

      Che is a sweetheart. When I was posting this, I walked back to his cage and snapped him. I am getting better at photographing him in this incandescent light. It’s not bright white light and the light is low. I used to get only yellow blurs. With your help, I am getting more natural tones. 🙂 Thanks for the help. I’m so happy that you like my palms!

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    • Thank you, Lori. I love the palms, and I liked these photos too. I am learning to adjust the camera without the harsh flash. Che is something else! He is such a sweetheart. He was supposed to be Boy’s pet. WELL. When Boy discovered that he is not like a hamster, he became my pet. Chinchillas are not hardy creatures. They require special handling, low temperatures, special food, dust baths. They are not indigenous to this part of the world! 🙂

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    • He would be real trouble if I let him run loose. Chinchillas will eat down your house. They chew up woodwork and everything else they can get their little mouths open wide enough to chomp! Nothing is safe since they can jump six feet high. I had a cage built for him so that he could run and jump up and down three levels. Otherwise, I have to put him in the big bathroom for exercise. He’s a real character.

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  5. Che is so cute!
    Love the detail that you captured of him.
    I love these photos George, I’m also fascinated with palms; I have a frined from Germany, met her here becasue she came to my city to do exchange and I was the responsible for her, she was also fascinated with palms and she told me that she never saw, in her entire life, a palm tree.
    The blur in the background is truly amazing in all of them.

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    • They are pretty and smaller than most palms. The fronds have more delicate leaves too. And, this blossom, if that’s what it is, is an interesting product of the trees. I don’t really know its purpose. I should read about it. Thanks, Terri.

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    • Of course, they wouldn’t grow in Boston. You might see them indoors in large spaces. They are my second favorite palm. My very favorite is the Queen palm. It reaches astronomical heights and has an unbelievable trunk. Each frond that comes off the trunk is composed of about four complicated inner cores. I think it may develop like that to preserve and protect the long stem of the frond and to hold water. I don’t know, but it is fascinating. And, so pretty when it dies and falls off the palm.

      Thanks. I liked these too. 🙂

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  6. At first blush I only managed to read the words ‘pygmy date’, and thought to myself, ‘oh, I’ve been on a few of those,too’. What interesting blooms, and so very delicate and prodigious! What a sweet sweet photo of your furry companion.

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    • I love my palms, Lance. I especially like these because they are more delicate than the Fan Palms and the huge Queen Palms. I have all three varieties. Each fascinates me for different reason. I never saw them growing up. I suppose that may be why I like them so much now.

      You refer to the intellect of your pygmy dates, I assume.

      My furry Che is not looking particularly endearing here. He looks annoyed that I am interrupting his chew session. I don’t know whether he is supposed to eat that bark, but he does. No ill effects so far. There are many kinds of wood that are poisonous to chins. I don’t recommend chins for keeping as a house pet. They require too much special handling. I like him though.

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    • I do love my palms too. I photograph them all the time. I am always tempted to post them. Then I recall that everybody is not interested in a palm tree! 😉
      Che is a sweetheart even if he is too much trouble. He tickles me. I guess that’s how he earned my affection. Little rascal.

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    • Yes, he’s a chinchilla. He is a sweet little thing too. I didn’t intend to have a chin, but I inherited him from my grandson when he discovered that chins are not like guinea pigs!

      I’m glad you like my palms. I love palms and just had to share. I’d post them every day except that I know everybody on the planet is not so enamored with palm trees! Thanks for coming.

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  7. These are just gorgeous shots you’ve gotten here, both of the flowers of the date palm, and also of Che. He looks adorable.

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    • Thanks you, Shimon. I love palm trees. I wasn’t exposed to them growing up. I think maybe that accounts for my fascination with them now. Che is a sweet little thing. He amuses me with his antics and the way he uses his hands.

      I am trying to learn to use my camera. I will always prefer soft, romantic or dark photos, but I need to learn to shoot a “normal” photograph that is not subjective. Too much of what I do is subjective! However, praise coming from a purist like you is a treasure. I am bowled over by your photographs.

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