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Photo of the Week: The Palm Tree’s of Silicon Valley.

I was at technology conference in the Bay Area and in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. During a break, people were using the restroom, grabbing a coffee, checking e-mail, etc. What was I doing? I was outside checking out and capturing pictures of the palm trees. ๐Ÿ™‚ Home is sans palm trees, so I’m going to hover around them and smile whenever I have the chance. These are typical of the tall palm trees you’ll find throughout California.

Bay Area, Silicon Valley, California palm trees

Photo of the Week: Florida Bridges, Palms & Storms.

During my time in the summer in Southwest Florida I’ve picked up on the weather pattern off the Gulf of Mexico. You more often then not see sunny and clear skies in the morning, clouds start to build in the afternoon, then dark clouds and a storm or two take over in random spots in the late afternoon/early evening, with clear skies returning at sunset.

This shot is taken later in the afternoon going over Matlacha Bridge from Cape Coral to Pine Island looking out towards the northwest. The bridge is known as “The fishingest bridge in the world” due to all the fishing that takes place in the area.

Throw in some palm trees, some ominous weather and clouds and going over water and you got a great Florida photo in my eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Florida - Matlacha Bridge - Cape Coral to Pine Island

Perdido Key to Orange Beach Part II.

The Gulf Coast. Chilling at a beach side bar. Walking the beach. Hanging out along the water. All great times, all talked about in previous posts. What’s just as fun? Hanging out along the coast out on the open road.

Starting on Predido Key Dr. in Pensacola (Florida State Road 292) you head south towards the coast and go on a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterwayย between the Perdido River and the Big Lagoon. You’ll see a harbor, a marina and lots of boats. What caught the eye and what’ll have to check out next time is Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Looking straight ahead while on the bridge you’ll immediately see all the high-rise condos and hotels along the coast. Once across you’ll start to head west on the narrow strip of land along the Gulf.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

You’ll officially enter into Perdido Key.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Condos and hotels galore up-close. Lot’s of rental opportunities for vacationers, travelers.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Palm trees, palm trees, palm trees! I wonder how much this vacant land opposite the beaches and Gulf is going for?!

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

By this time you’ll be passing through Perdido Key State Park and truly be out on the open road.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

After a few miles it’s state-line crossing time. Hello Alabama!

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Hello Florida! Make sure to check out Flora-Bama the beach bar that sits on the border. Also make sure to capture those welcome-to sign photos.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Been craving Waffle House recently so it caught the eye, this one sitting just inside Florida.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Continuing west your now in Orange Beach and Alabama on Alabama State Route 182. You’ll see the same thing, palm trees, high-rise condos and hotels and good times on the open road. Beautiful.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Souvenir shops are aplenty along the route. Got some postcards. Those and all the photos taken, make for the best souvenirs.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

You’ll also see fruit and vegetable stands alongside the road. Peaches and tomatoes are the recommendations at any stop yum.

Perdido Key, Florida to Orange Beach Alabama

Great times out on the open road Gulf Coast style. Check out Predido Beach to Orange Beach Part I for the beach scene. Take a peak at Zigzagging a State-Line Flora-Bama Style for the beach bar side and tropical drink fun. Hope to get back to the area again soon.

What beaches/coastlines are your favorites to be along when out on the open road?

What is it about palm trees?

What is it about palm trees? They are so relaxing to many. They are associated with tropical weather, the sun, the beach and sand, the ocean, desert and fruity drinks with umbrellas in them, all wonderful things.

Auckland, New Zealand Palm Trees

Palm trees in Auckland, New Zealand.

To those like me who are not living in a tropical or warm temperate climate, vacation is a word that also comes to mind. When a vacationer travels to a place that has them, at least one picture is definitely in order. A photo with a sunset, at least one palm tree and the beach and ocean… still working on that one.

Haven’t you dreamed about drinking tropical drinks and napping on a hammock suspended by two palm trees? Sometimes in colder climates a nursery will place palm trees along the road in the summer or an individual will plant one in their front yard for a few months. I imagine lots of people are driving by these places over and over again, I know I would.

Santa Monica Pier, California Palm Trees

Right off Santa Monica Pier in California.

In travels recently to New Zealand, Australia, southern California and Florida I have definitely seen my fair share of palm trees. Those places along with every other warm region, country and part of the world has their own unique type of palm trees or Arecaceae as they are formally known as, as there are over 2,500 species. While in Florida I documented some of the kinds that caught my eye some native, some imported. The beach and ocean were always on my mind, sometimes thinking about tropical drinks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chinese fan palm tree in Florida. Pineapple palm tree in Florida.
Chinese fan and pineapple palm trees in Florida.
 Royal Palm Tree in Florida. Bismarck Palm Tree in Florida.
Royal Palm and Bismarck palm trees in Florida.

To get a complete listing of palm tree types in Florida and some good general information on palm trees checkout Florida-palm-trees.com.

My travels will bring me face-to-face with palm trees again soon. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough that a coconut will fall from one right in front of me (not knocking me on the head hopefully). What do you associate palm trees with? Where is your favorite place to see palm trees (tropical destination) and what’s your favorite kind there?