One last flower post. Traveler's Tree. They look like white birds of paradise, but very tall with symmetrical leaves growing sideways, like the ribs of a spreading fan. In the groove formed where each leave clasps the stem is a pocket of drinkable water, hence the name.
Back from our travels, we are happy to be home but part of my heart always seems to stay in Hawaii.
My Beloved, on the other hand, is relieved to be back in the coolth of the bay area. Because he runs about ten degrees warmer than the average person (which makes him a delightful heat source on a cold winter's night), he suffers in the moist warmth of Hawaii. I love being dressed in little besides shorts or a wispy dress and flip flops. He's happiest when a tad more clothing is required.
Perhaps a compromise can be worked out - half the year in Hawaii and half the year here in the bay area? Sounds perfect to me. Now, all I need is to win the lottery.