Pygmy Blossoms


An ancient Pygmy blossom

Dried on the trunk of a Pygmy Date Palm tree

Tiny dates once grew on the stems


During pruning of the old fronds, these dried blossoms were overlooked

They were undoubtedly among the first fruits produced by the tree

Years ago


The blossoms were once heavy with clusters of tiny dates

The shell was green and the blossoms were bright yellow

The tiny fruits developed from the stems

Although they do not resemble regular dates, they are edible


A shell that once covered the growing cluster of dates

When it opened, the blossom spilled out in a profusion of fruits

It dried to a woody shell and remained unnoticed on the tree

Hidden by the long, graceful fronds from above


 Romero Martinez

The happy Garden Butcher

After the winter freezes, Romero removed the lower fronds

Revealing the hairy trunks of the Pygmy Date Palms

Exposing their ancient blossoms.



I have made the blog private because it is difficult for me to follow the many kind bloggers who

have followed me here on the Parrot.  I want to post as much as I am able for as long as my tremor

allows me to do it, and I would not feel free to do that if the blog were public.

Please do not feel obligated to visit or to comment.  I am happy to share my posts with you whenever you want to

stop in to visit.  Thank you very much for your encouragement and for your friendship.


28 Comments on “Pygmy Blossoms

    • Thank you, John. I am a novice so I can only do what I like, myself. It is encouraging to have the approval of an artist like you. I appreciate it! 🙂


  1. Love this sequence. Many thanks for allowing me entry into your world of visual wonders & delights. 🙂


    • Hi, Joseph! I’m glad you like it. I had the blog private for a while there. Then, I felt bad about it. I just can’t seem to get my act together to visit and keep up. Sigh. I hope you are well. And having some springtime weather for a change! 🙂


  2. Like others, I’m honored to be included and would be disappointed to not find your posts brightening my Reader. I understand your struggle to keep up with comments and conversations with your many admirers. This, like so many others, is a fabulous post. I’ve never seen a date tree, much less the blossom pods of a date tree, although I love dates. This is an awesome photo essay.


    • Hi, Linda. Thanks for coming to visit always. I’ll probably change my mind half a dozen times before I’m through, but I always appreciate your coming to visit and leaving such encouraging comments! I do genuinely appreciate it! 🙂


    • Well, Scott, I’m not easy to love, I’m afraid. I pass by a new commercial building every day. One day, I pulled into the parking lot to turn around. On my way out, I noticed that the back side of the ordinary sign said, “I love you, but Jesus loves you more”. Every time I pass that place, I have the urge to pull in again to tell him that he might want to rethink that sign since I know damn well I’d be the challenge that made him out a liar! Chuckle… If things get dull around here, I may do it yet. Hope you are wandering around my little canyon. I want to see the snow-melt rapids in the creek! 🙂


  3. I am honoured to be part of your circle of friends George. It is such a great pleasure to browse through your amazing photos and walk around your delightful garden with you. I have no doubt you will continue to delight us and enjoy it in the process. Take care. And thank you 🙂


    • Hi, Madhu! Thank you for always following along even when I fail to show up at your blog! I really never forget you. It’s the Mad Cow, you know… Chuckle… You were one of the first people I followed, I think. I was astounded to have encountered such intellect, creativity and expansive spirit in such a beautiful woman. I continue to be fascinated by it, Madhu.


  4. I’m honoured to be given a tiny glimpse into your world and I love the idea of the ancient blossom hiding for all those years. Thank you.


    • Thank you for visiting always, Marie. I appreciate that a great deal. I loved the idea of the blossoms having hidden for so long too! 🙂


  5. Thank you for including me too among your private viewers. I love your photography and way of looking with your camera, dear George. My best wishes and love for you, nia


    • Thank you for always following along with me, Nia. I appreciate that a great deal. I love your photographs too. Especially the cats! 🙂 I think of you often. Stay safe and well, Nia!


  6. George, I’m going to echo what others have said above here, and thank you for granting me access to your wonderland. Maybe wonderland causes you to raise an eyebrow, but your blog has for a long time been unique to me – the blend of good photography and wonderfully human words – >>> I look forward to many more of your posts, to much more of your gentle take on things.

    As you know, I produce a lot of mono images too – and I love the mono’s you have I thus latest post. The picture at the top is the most special for me, such wonderful forms and textures – and I love “Garden Butcher” >>> how flattering you are! I shall be stopping by regularly. Take good care of yourself, my friend. Adrian


    • Thanks, Adrian. I’m glad you enjoy the posts. Mono is not my thing, but I have come to enjoy it a bit more lately. I was astounded to have found the curled and dried blossom in the top image. It is so small compared to its original size that I had to look at it twice to know what it was. I am amassing quite a collection of dead things! Come around whenever you like. I always enjoy your visits! 🙂


  7. I am flattered to be invited into your private realm, my friend. As always, in these images you have found art in places most people never look. Beautiful. Lengthier thoughts to follow via email.


    • Thank you, Kenn. You are such a wonderful cheerleader! If I were going to my funeral, I’d ask you to deliver the eulogy. Of course, the more outrageously flattering, the better, never mind the facts. You and I would get a chuckle out of it! I am always delighted to see you. And I am happy that you are interested in my journal for Charlie . 🙂


  8. Wonderful images, George. I love that first shot, especially. Indescribable sensation I feel looking at it. The shell, although woody and dried, has an almost smooth and soft appearance. What does the surface actually feel like?

    As I’ve told you before, visiting the Parrot is a delight to me. Your words and images are a place of sanctuary to me. Thank you for letting me be here. 🙂


    • Thank you, Lemony. The shell feels smooth on the outside. It makes me happy to offer such a place to you. Just snuggle right into my hermit habitat. Everybody is safe here. Even me. And Mr. Anole. Chuckle…


  9. Thank you for allowing me into your wonderland of amazing photos, George. I do hope that the tremors you’re experiencing are only temporary. I love the photo of your ‘happy garden butcher’. He looks to be enjoying himself. 🙂 Hugs to you.


    • Hi, Sylvia. I am happy to share the blog with you. Thank you for your interest in it! If I had ten or twenty years left of steady hands, I would be more relaxed about this little project for Charlie. I am sad that I am unable to respond to the kind visits from all of the bloggers who have followed along with me for the last two years, but it is what it is. I am determined to enter as much here as I can for as long as possible. I just felt that I could not do that if the blog were public. I loved the exchange with all of the people who visited. I will miss that, but time is wasting. Chuckle… Thanks again, Sylvia. Drop in any time you are passing by! 🙂


  10. Thank you for including me among your private viewers. I have enjoyed watching you grow as a blogger, and can easily understand the difficulty of relating to all your readers and visitors. Fortunately, you have the clarity to know what you want, and the strength not to be carried away by the expectations of others, or fashion. I believe that this blog will provide inspiration and comfort for your grandson, and maybe for others as well. I am familiar with the problem of tremors. My mother suffered from them, and managed to make the most of life till the age of 101. I have other problems that came with old age, and all the same, life can be quite beautiful and satisfying… even with certain incapacities. My best wishes to you and your loved ones.


    • Thank you for your understanding, Shimon. I am hopeful that my tremor can be treated successfully, but if it cannot, I will manage. I wanted to share my posts with you because you have been so very kind to me. I appreciate that. Life is long. I am determined to enjoy it. And, you are right, I never put much stock in convention. Chuckle…



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