MEXICAN FAN PALM (WASHINGTONIA ROBUSTA), CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 25, 2012
Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 DI Macro
1/60 sec. f8
Midwesterners may be mystified, but any Southern Californian will recognize this shaggy mess as the normal trunk bark of the Mexican Fan Palm, a south-of-the-border native that often lines city boulevards. For some no doubt obscure reason it's named for George Washington. I captured it during a foray to the tropical greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Click on the photo for a bedsheet-sized version.