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Florence & The Fairy Dress

kapok flowers

My September trip to Magnetic Island was coincidentally timed when the native kapok were in flower. They remind me of magnolias with their bare branches adorned with showy blooms.

There were many on the drive down to Florence Bay scattered through the bush and in between the dramatic boulders that punctuate the island landscape.

It was a blue sky day, the ocean glistened.

My sister and I swam, explored the beach and created a portrait of ‘Florence’ on the sand.

native kapok tree Magnetic Island
Florence Bay
'Florence'

Two days later on our return to the beach Florence was still there, still smiling having escaped the tide’s ebb and flow.

And the kapok flowers provided inspiration for another tropical flower dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

kapok flower fairy dress

A Tropical Ballet

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

On my recent trip to Magnetic Island a dip in the ocean was high on my to do list. It was 28 degrees every day I was there and the island has more gorgeous beaches than there are days in the week.

At Radical Bay I not only blissfully frolicked in the sea but I created this design for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

It could almost be a costume for a ballet don’t you think?

Unable to identify what the flowering tree was I turned to sleuthing on the internet and discovered the most wonderful website – Some Magnetic Island Plants.

Donald Simpson is the author and his website is fabulous!
You can search by botanical name, common name or colour palette. He has photos, botanical information and tells you where on the island you can see a particularly good specimen of each plant.

Delightedly  I got to meet Donald the following day – such is island life!
His website is a true labour of love and  I encourage all plant lovers to have a look.

And the flowering tree on Radical Bay Beach that Donald kindly identified for me?
Barringtonia Asiatica.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Barringtonia Asiatica at Radical Bay  © Sandra Alcorn 2014

It’s a night flowering tree and by morning the blooms have fallen to the ground  – I think the scene is set for my beach ballet.

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