Also seen during a recent visit to the Botanical Garden:

The Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba Speciosa)


Check out my previous two posts for more images from the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, here and here.

33 thoughts on “Youch!

    • The placard in front of this tree discussed the varied defense mechanisms of natural things. I’d never seen anything like it!

    • Thanks Robyn, for the comment about composition. I wanted to shot the thorns but in a different way. While the shape of the tree is not visible, the thorns are on full display.

    • Yes it is a close up! In fact, I was just commenting that I really have no idea of the shape of the tree because I focused so much on the thorns.

  1. Good gravy, I wonder what prompted it to develop such tremendous armour. Was it a favourite snack of dinosaurs or something? Life generally evolves in a specific manner because the environment requires it to do so to survive. Very cool and great shot LB.

    • Your comment prompted me to do some research. I found that the tree is drought resistant because It is studded with thick conical prickles which serve to store water for dry times. Ya gotta love Mother Nature!

      • That’s really interesting LB, thanks for looking it up. In turn, I’ll leave you a quote. xo

        β€œLook deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
        β€” Albert Einstein

  2. Once again……amazed by amazing creation (and great photography!). Side note: started my bike yesterday!!! Yay! Now, if the sandy roads would clear………….Hugs…

    • It’s Kismet!! I was JUST getting ready to come to your blog to see where you’ve been! It’s been awhile since you’ve posted (not saying you should post as regularly as you do, but when you haven’t been, I worried!).
      Glad to hear you are out and starting that bike!! Fingers crossed on the weather and the roads!

  3. Wow, that’s one prickly character….and I see from previous comments that it’s a defense against drought which made it so spikey…..perhaps a lesson there about not growing ourselves in places of drought πŸ™‚

    • YES! and while others complain, I’m so grateful for rain and moisture! The sun is lovely and I can;t wait to see it ,,, but we need to be grateful for the rain.

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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