It's the "Grove Trees Calendar", a project that's been in the works since October. Locals were asked to submit photographs of their favorite local trees for consideration. Here are the photos I sent them,
It's a little dark but I love this old photograph. I took it in 1977 looking east from Peacock Park towards Sailboat Bay. Not long afterwards these willowy coconut trees were cut down when a palm blight hit South Florida.
Unfortunately, the City of Miami replaced them with the mangrove trees that have walled off Coconut Grove's best view for 35 years.
There are several spectacular kapok trees in Coconut Grove. This one, at the entrance of The Moorings, was planted in 1929.
Imagine what the Grove's shoreline looked like before the Anglos arrived. I see it at the end of St. Gaudens Road where one of our original mangrove forests still exists.
Strangler fig attemping to choke a wall on Main Highway,
A rare sight, sparkling coconut palms on Biscayne Bay, Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart on Main Highway.
Palm frond in front of Helene Pancoast's place on Poinciana.
While they'd make great Christmas gifts, you can't buy the calendars yet. The project team is still figuring out which trees work best. When they come up with something I'll let you know.
In the mean time, I may organize a bike tour to introduce you to these old friends personally.