Pale Plants – Canoe Boys – Our House

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What’s the deal with plants that don’t have green leaves. It’s been a long time since Botany 101. I thought that chlorophyll was green!  We certainly have a lot of plants here with radically not  green leaves, but this one is seriously green-deficient:

White leaf plant 1

As you can see, it does get a few green patches here and there, but the leaves are mostly pale ivory, pretty, but a little creepy, like a blue dog.

Here’s another shot showing some of the green patches:

White leaf plant 2

If there are any plant experts out there that can enlighten me, please leave comments. I Googled listlessly this morning for a few minutes on the subject, but ran out of time, as my gestating network is in danger of being stillborn if I don’t knuckle down and get it rolled out soon.

This huge tour ship was here in Madang a few days ago. I don’t know why they bother. Most of them are here for a few hours only and I’ve often noticed that only a handful of people even bother to get off and walk around. I don’t get it:Tourist ship visiting MadangPoor saps don’t know what they’re missing.

Here, have a sunrise while were at it:Sunrise PanoramaWe’ve had a drought of sunrises for the last week or so. It has been grey most mornings. Eunie always has the same (getting a little repetitive now) complaint, “It feels like winter today. I don’t like it.” As if she expects me to fix the weather.

After I took the shot above off the stern of Faded Glory  tied up at our dock, I turned around and saw our house all sparkly and cheerful. I did a panorama that came out pretty nice:

Our HouseIt covers about 120° and shows the entire area of our waterfront.

Keeping in the spirit of miscellanea today, here’s a sweet sunrise at Coconut Point:Coconut Point SunriseI did a lot of fiddling with the colours on this shot. I was going for “not quite believable”. Did I make it?

Last Saturday, we were tied up in Tab Anchorage  out of the wind to catch some sun. These boys came over on a canoe, pretending to fish, but we all know what they were really after:Canoe BoysSo, I won’t go into that.

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8 Responses to “Pale Plants – Canoe Boys – Our House”

  1. Steven Goodheart Says:

    I bet this is not a true “albino” without chloroplasts….it might have a recessive allele that produces this white…I’m just guessing….maybe the rest of the plant supplies what’s missing??? Looks like some of it is green….I think only parasites can be completely without chloroplasts…..I’m no botonists, but these are my stabs in the dark….or white!

  2. MadDog Says:

    It certainly is amusing. I wish I had two of me. One would just Google all day. Then, in the evening we’d catch up over a couple of beers.

  3. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Maybe some day the four of us will meet for a cold one…our two google dopplegangers and us! I’d enjoy that. 🙂

  4. Ron Barrons Says:

    Your dog? And tell Eunie, “Yeah, that sure looks like winter.” But then again, here in Hamilton we’ve had our first November in 70 years without any snow. Man, I love global warming, or el nino, or whatever.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Hey, Ron, that’s very amusing. I didn’t notice, while I was working on the image, that I had caught Sheba doing her business in the yard.

    Yeah, the warming will be nice for a while.

  6. MadDog Says:

    One never knows . . .

  7. Ali Says:

    Hi Jan,
    It’s a Pedilanthus tithymaloides ssp. smallii ‘Albino’
    Family-Euphorbiaceae
    Common name is Zigzag Plant or Devils Backbone. This is the variegated type but I have never seen one SO white before, but perhaps it is in full shade?

  8. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Ali. I really do appreciate when readers help to identify things. I simply don’t have the time to research much. You obviously know your plants. When you come up to Madang I’ll show you some plants that will blow your mind.