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Visiting the East Bay Botanic Garden in Alameda County, California
Sunday, January 16, 2011

This botanical garden specializes in plants that are native to California, and all of the climate areas are represented with specimen plants. It's an interesting place to visit, even in the middle of winter.

There's only one palm tree that is actually native to California, and that is the California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera). It's native only in the desert areas of Southern California, mainly the Colorado Desert.

When I visited Joshua Tree National Park a few years ago, I saw them in their native habitat in a lush oasis that was filled with songbirds. At the time, I didn't own a camera. I hope to go back again someday and get some photos to share here.
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Jan 18 2011 04:17 GMT iyerhari
lovely shot!
Jan 18 2011 05:00 GMT aquiles PRO
Jan 18 2011 06:01 GMT Annamaria
Strange looking palmtree... great catch!
Jan 18 2011 06:58 GMT sini
Great angle and tree!:)
Jan 18 2011 09:24 GMT MargNZ
This must be an interesting place Fleur .. great shot :)
Jan 18 2011 12:56 GMT ashdad PRO
I am always amazed at the way the old leaves fall down against the trunk of these palms and seem to be subsumed into the living tree.
Jan 18 2011 20:40 GMT soldier
Stunning capture!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 19 2011 02:23 GMT potterjo
That is interesting, I always assumed palms were imports except for the palmetto.
Jan 19 2011 03:25 GMT Studio88
Greetings from Sunny & Warm Florida ;-)
Jan 19 2011 18:51 GMT senna3
Extraordinary floral image!
Jan 20 2011 21:48 GMT Adamus
Beautiful view.