Few people will recognize the remnants of this plant. It grows in one specific place on Earth, and flowers once it reaches approximately 1.5 feet in diameter. That can take longer than 50 years, and once it flowers . . .
. . . it dies.
“Where might I find this plant?”
Good question, Bob. As I said, only one place on Earth . . .
Again, few people will recognize the landscape. It looks a bit like Mars, except for, you know, the clouds and the Pacific Ocean in the background.
You are looking at the Haleakalā caldera on Maui, Hawaii. And the plant is the Haleakalā silversword, Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum.
That’s the Wiki entry, but you can also read the NP entry HERE.
Before I proceed, I should mention a couple of things. Beginning with the last six posts, clicking on any photo will open a larger version of the photo in a new tab or window.
Not a full-size version; for that you still have to go to the associated SmugMug gallery, which for this and the previous six posts is HERE (http://smu.gs/1aMXksK). But, the linked photo is large enough for most screens.
I should also mention WordPerfect has a habit of messing up links. If clicking on the photo does not work, I’m afraid the only recourse is SmugMug.
Some might also wonder about the previous six posts . . . well, each one got individually more visitors (and 4x the number of views) in one day than my usually longer posts get in a week.
What was unique about those six posts was this . . . no titles, no identifying caption, and no writing. It confirmed my theory I would do much better just posting a random few photos every day, and write very little or nothing at all (the concept behind many of the 365 projects).
It saddens me a bit, but it also does give me a quick out on those days when I don’t have a post ready; slap up a few photos, and stand back. Oh, and those also got me an additional eight subscribers. I mean, most will not stay around once I’m writing again (like now), but it points to the power of random, unexplained photos.
I like writing stuff, so let me continue for the much lower number of visitors this will get.
I first saw silverswords in 1990, our first trip to the Sandwich Islands, and was mesmerized by the plant. Looking at the photo above gives you an idea why they are named silverswords, but this next photo might bring it home and park it in your memory . . .
They also make great subjects for B&W photographs.
Hmm . . . not a great composition; how about this one?
Unfortunately, here comes the sad part . . . these plants are dying off. It may be that eventually the only place to see them will be in greenhouses.
Another thing . . . I don’t personally find the flowers all that attractive. They are impressive, yes, with the stalk sometimes as tall as a person, but the flowers themselves . . . meh.
Some of the plants did look like they were struggling . . .
But many looked very healthy . . .
And some looked amazing . . .
Hey! . . . a decent subject for B&W. No, not the above; this next one.
Black and White or in Color, silverswords are definitely worth the drive up the side of a sleeping volcano.
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