Lovely plant but awful common name of “tractor seat ligularia”. Picture taken in Aukland Botanic Gardens, a very open and interesting gardens.
The stick came tumbling in the air and it was the last one that the drummer tossed into the crowd. Finally all those years of playing catch with whatever objects was going to prove itself. It rolled, it yawed but my eyes were fixed on the axis of the spin. My hand shot up and the stick surrendered itself to the gravitational and destined grip of my pentadactyl limb. I could hear people behind me gasp in awe that I could make that catch with nary an effort. It was the stick of destiny, thrown by Steve Vai’s drummer – Jeremy Colson. I bequeathed the battered pola to Josh and in that moment passed down to him the love of the music of Steve Vai.
What a concert and what showmanship he engendered in the concert. The climax was really at the end of the show, after the encore when the lights of the hall were turned back on and he was on stage without a mike and talking to the crowd. There he was – one of the best guitarists of our time and immediately made everyone feel the camaraderie that was the love for his music.
This path is lined on both sides with this very gentle looking tree Leptospermum brachyandrum. It’s easily the most favorite place in the gardens for me. It looks like a nice place of repose and recollection.
This is a wild mangosteen in cultivation at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Mangosteens belong to the family Clusiaceae (or formerly Guttiferae). Some characteristics: Opposite leaves without stipules, yellowish sap, branches emerging almost at right angles to the trunk. More curiously is the “beaked” end of the fruit. The bark is quite dark and makes this plant very distinctive.
It is native to Singapore.