Shaving Brush Flower
About two years ago I saw a photo of this type of flower on FaceBook posted by an awesome photographer in Tortola. When I visit Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, I like to go to the J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens. It's a small, unpretentious little garden with the friendliest staff. I have hundreds if not close to a thousand photos from my visits there. After seeing the Shaving Brush (which I didn't know it was called that until last year), I went on a hunt for my own perfect photo!
In August 2011 I went to Tortola for their Emancipation Festival and the flower was already gone by. I went back in April 2012 and the tree had bloomed but the blossoms were on the ground so one of the arborists held one bloom so I could get a photo. They told me they usually bloom in March.
This year I went to Tortola for February vacation which went through March 3, 2013. I went to the Botanic Gardens on March 1st and went right to the tree to find my blossom. The tree was bare, but when I looked up there was ONE bloom on the tree! I'm convinced it was just for me! :-) I took several shots and this is one of my favorites.