Friday, January 30, 2009

Pinuela fruit

This is the fruit of the pinuela plant. It more closely resembles a pineapple than the photo yesterday, except the fruit is thinner and more segmented. The fruit is yellow, like a pineapple, but is sour to eat.

One of the comments left to yesterday's post wondered what it would be like to brush up against a pinuela plant. Today's post should answer that question, and tomorrow's photo will show a close up detail of a pinuela leaf.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see that it pinuelas grow in a thicket of sharp barbs and thorns. If anyone says they are going for a stroll in a pinuela patch, you know they have spent too much time in the Costa Rican sun (or something else).

Another comment yesterday asked which of the 50 states I have not visited, and the answer is Alaska (as I discuss further in my response to the comment.)

I have been showing real plants the past couple of days. Chihuly glass plants are being featured on Scottsdale Daily Photo and I invite you to check out and scroll back through those stunning photos for an fascinating exhibition of art imitating nature.

8 comments:

Sharon said...

The fruit is not quite as appealing to look at as a pineapple.

Sally said...

Hi again.

here's what the Art Gallery of NSW website has to say about your Michael Angelo question in its FAQs:

"Today it is the standard practice in the English speaking world to refer to the great Italian sculptor, painter and architect Michelagnolo Lodovico di Lionardo Buonarroti Simoni [1475-1564], by the name by which he was known to his Italian contemporaries 'Michelangelo'. The name is commonly spelt 'Michelangelo' these days, but variations have abounded. Sir Charles Eastlake, in his influential two volumed Handbook of Painting: the Italian Schools [1837], spelt the name as 'Michael Angelo'. The greatest critic of the 19th century, John Ruskin, also preferred this spelling of the name, so it is not surprising that the Trustees followed these authorities."

ie it was a decision made when it was built in the late 19th century, and I suppose as a reflection of its time, it stuck.

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/faq/building_history/building_and_site

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

how would they pick the fruit with such sharp leaves and needles in the way. ouch

Good info from Sally. I never heard that before

Jarart said...

An odd looking plant. Good idea about no billboards on the Parks Highway, it is a beautiful drive and advertising would spoil the feeling of wilderness.

Saretta said...

Those red inner leaves are really intense!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Sally,
Thank you for that wonderful background info on why the art museum in Sydney has "Michael Angelo" on its facade. The guide did not share that information with us.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Saretta,
If you liked the intense red color of the leaves, be sure to check tomorrow's photo.

And, I recommend that all readers here check out your recent posts of the fish market. The information about the derivation of "sepia" is fascinating.

And I think digital cameras are causing a revival of sepia use because it is so easy to switch to a sepia tone, and it lends itself so well to certain subjects, particularly architectural subjects.

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