Travel to different regions inevitably  means discovering new-to-me plants (like a Loquat in Berkeley, and a Schefflera in San Diego). A recent vacation “lunch stop” in Carpenteria, California – along with a brief detour to take in the ocean view – lead to a parking lot full of trees with these amazing blooms…
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Most of them were up high, where I couldn’t get a good photo. Thankfully there was this one tree with an odd burst of blooms at easy camera level.
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The leaves were vaguely oak-ish.
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Anyone care to venture a guess, or even better a solid ID?
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Here’s an overall tree shot.
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And another of the interesting sun-shaped flower.
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Just for fun a bonus photo of a windswept tree on the beach. This one I’m not so concerned about identifying, but just appreciating it’s character.
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