I couldn’t resist following in the footsteps of my great uncle, James Wales Audas who wrote and illustrated “Native Trees of Australia” back in the 1930’s. The love of all things ‘flora’ seems to have been passed down to my mother who has created some amazing gardens which we as children were privileged to have played in. I grew up climbing immense trees in our back yard, hiding in them, crying when my favorite branch was cut down by the municipality as they claimed it encroached onto the road (it was the branch I hung from and swung on, for heaven’s sake!), using the vast tree in back to sneak onto the roof of the house, delighting in the fruits some of them produced in abundance, and naturally, the shade was a most welcome relief on those hot African summer days.
There are some truly spectacular trees in Panama and I simply HAVE to take drives during the time some of the trees are in blossom. This year the blooming period has been all over the place, making it difficult to decide which weekend to take our mini tree tours. The photograph I chose for this book cover, “Native Trees of Panama”, was taken later in the day when the rain clouds were gathering and the light was so pretty.
I wanted to honor my mother in this theme challenge as not only is she passionate about trees and flowers, but is also an artist, another talent she shares with her uncle. So here’s to you, Mom, and Great-Uncle James, too…long live trees all over the world!
I thought I’d include the beginning of the preface from “Native Trees of Australia” by James Wales Audas for added interest.