What I Think of When I Hear Florida Mentioned I also think of the beach. But palm trees come first to mind. And the lens flare is not a Photoshop one. It’s actual. You might like: Surreal Refinery Wrought? Painterly Tree Chasing Aggressive Semi-Domesticated Gulls http://greatdayinmaine.blogspot.com leesavee Ahhhhhh. Makes me want a tropical drink with a little umbrella sticking out of it. http://www.myspace.com/a_is_for_andra andra That’s a different looking palm tree than the ones near where I grew up in California. And by “near where I grew up” I mean the two planted by our local In-n-Out. http://theramblingsofagenxmom.blogspot.com/ flyinmunkee I think of Palmetto Bugs… nasty things! Did you happen to step over any (they’re that big… pinky swear) when you were out there? andra- In-n-Out… I dream of the burgers… the fries… http://irishembi.blogspot.com/ irishembi Damn. Here I was enjoying the beautiful temperate day here in Southwestern PA. Then I saw this photo. Just can’t beat blue skies AND a palm tree. Nice photo! http://writteninc.blogspot.com carmilevy I always get excited when we see our first palm tree. It’s a visual signature that we’ve arrived, that life here is different. I can almost feel the warmth in my bones as I first spot the distinctive leaves. Years ago, we drove to Florida for the first time. We stopped at a gas station (not far from Destin, coincidentally) and it was a warm, sunny and breezy day. I was staring at my wife – I do that a lot; she’s OK with it – and I could almost feel the wind in the palm leaves. I can still hear it in my head over 10 years later. Definitely one of those magic moments when all is right with the world. Thanks for facilitating the memory! (And kudos on the registration thing. I got bombed with complaints when I moved to moderated comments on my blog…but considering the trolls I had to deal with over the years, it was a necessary and worthwhile move. Maybe we won’t need stuff like this after people learn to behave themselves.) http://www.myspace.com/mstanesic Rie I can almost feel the sand on my toes. http://onepingonly.blogspot.com/ Maura Huh. And here the first thing I think of when I hear Florida mentioned is HUMIDITY. Maybe then palm trees. http://www.blessourhearts.blogspot.com Ms. Moon Canary Island Date Palm, I do believe. Aren’t they lovely? Spiky, though. mobudaki reminds me of here, which is Los Angeles. are Florida palm trees imported as well? http://asboringasitmaybe.blogspot.com Jakki Everything is satisfactual…oops sorry. Went into crazy mode. Why does this picture put me into the frame of mind to have a pina colada??? Lovely relaxing shot. Aimee Greeblemonkey aaahhh. Reminds me of college. (went to school in a small town in NE Florida).