Having been born in Singapore and lived as a child in Puerto Rico before moving to the land of maples and silver birches, I think palm trees are in my blood. I always feel at home when I’m surrounded by these strong, graceful giants.
I used intentional blur here to emphasize the constant movement of the trees in the wind — and there was a powerful breeze blowing today down by the marina, where these palms line the walkway. Their ability to bend and bow deeply to the wind is what allows them to survive even hurricane-force gales.
I was aiming for a slight vintage feel to the photo, kind of “old Florida,” which you used to see more of before the massive and soulless development of recent times. The kind of character that the community of Coconut Grove has. It’s a place with palms and patina. That’s why I love it so much.
Here is a unusual shot of palm trees by photographer Juergen Roth, who used intentional blur through a longer exposure and camera panning to achieve a wonderful abstract effect. I must try this.