Fallen

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Fallen.’ (See more responses here.) Usually I respond to these challenges with a single subject, but this month I’m taking a different approach, so here are some ‘fallen’ images.

The top photo, taken earlier this week, is of a bus shelter that had fallen off its base. It got that way thanks to some strong westerly winds that blew here for a couple of days.

The second photo also owes its origins to those winds. The mango tree in the yard has another batch of fruit and the wind dislodged a fair number. Pigs and chickens got some of the fallen fruit, but I was still able to gather a considerable number in good condition. However, as the photo shows, there are still more on the tree.

The third photo shows fallen coconuts at Kiholo. While a lot of coconuts are harvested, there are also many that simply fall off the tree and either rot, or sprout to start another palm. Coconuts were brought to Hawaii by the ancient Polynesians, but they might also have arrived naturally as they’re capable of drifting large distances across the ocean, and then sprouting on making landfall.

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    1. Graham Post author

      I think coconuts are wonderful, for the trees, the coconuts themselves, and their amazing resilience. Here on the island, I’ve seen coconuts set on new black sand beaches, to create stabilizing palms.

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    1. Graham Post author

      They do that here, just whack the top with a machete and you drink straight from it. I recall, years ago, being on an island off the coast of Belize. There were a lot of coconuts down and I used to do just that. The downside was that some coconuts had been on the ground a long time and started to rot. When I knocked the top off one of those, the smell was awful.

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    1. Graham Post author

      It is a great place, but this morning I was complaining bitterly about how cold it was, which it was for here. It was probably in the fifties, but my blood has thinned out since I moved here. Not sure I could cut it where you are. Stay warm!

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  3. Terri Webster Schrandt

    I think you’re the only one I know of that can show us fallen fruit straight from Hawaii, Graham. When we moved from Sacramento of course we left behind three beautiful lemon trees, Hans’ pride and joy. It’s citrus growing season in California and I’ll bet the new owners are barely keeping up with the harvest. Too bad about the bus stop, now that is some powerful wind! Great shots!

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    1. Graham Post author

      I wouldn’t mind a lemon tree here, or a lime. The mangoes aren’t my favorite fruit, with a big pit and not much flesh on most of these fruits. The bus stop is set up to shelter from the trade winds, but not winds from the opposite direction, like last week. I seem to recall the same thing happened once before. Not doubt, they’ll fix it and pop it back on its designated spot.

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