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My Favourite Of All Palm Trees, The Red Sealing Wax Palm.. Story Within.

My Favourite Of All Palm Trees, The Red Sealing Wax Palm.. Story Within.

John Moore

Free Member, Karratha

My Favourite Of All Palm Trees, The Red Sealing Wax Palm.. Story Within.

Commonly know as the Red Sealing Wax Palm.
Crytostachys Lakka or Crytostachys Renda.
Native to Australia, South East Asia and the East Indies.

Hello all,
Time to put pen to paper once more.
Well for those who are unaware of my whereabouts, I am the Northern Territory.
The weather here is magnificent.
We have spent a few days relaxing after the 2000 kilometre trip from Broome on a Greyhound Bus.
It is a lot more comfortable flying and cheaper in fact, but I wanted my overseas visitor to see some of the landscape that is Australia.
My last visit to Darwin was when they bombed the twin towers in 2001, 5 ½ years ago.
It has changed dramatically since then, I can assure you.
I read an article yesterday; Darwin has more restaurants per head than any other city in Australia.
A little about Darwin its self, Darwin has been unfortunate on five occasions.
Bombing and cyclones.
Here is a little information on two of those main events;

The Japanese bombing of Darwin.
During the Second World War, the Japanese bombed Darwin on 64 occasions, beginning on the 19th February 1942 and the final on 12th of November 1943.
Many targets, both military and civil were destroyed.
Australia and its allies lost several ships, 77 aircraft and 900 lives.
While Japan on the other hand lost 131 aircraft.

The devastation caused by Cyclone Tracey.
Then if that was not enough, on Christmas day 1974, over 90% of Darwin’s buildings were destroyed when Cyclone Tracey and it destructive winds of 217 kilometres per hour hit the town.
The death count was 65 of which 16 were lost at sea.
On both occasions, the locals set about building their fine city up again and today it is a great cosmopolitan city, with hotels popping up all over this city.

We are heading into Litchfield Nation Park tomorrow to take some pictures; the area is part of the Aboriginals Dream Time and spreads over an area of 15,000 square kilometres.
On Thursday we are off again bound for Brisbane another 3,600 kilometres and then Cairns and Ravenshoe.
Mid to late September, I plan to fly to Malaysia, Chiang-Mai Thailand, Mandalay in Myanmar and Seoul.
I have not yet finished the article I promised to upload will upload it in about 6 hours, after some well needed sleep.
I hope that you are all well and happy!!
Best wishes.


Comments 23

  • Wilhelm H. 08/16/2007 0:57

    Impressive Colours and structures Great picture mate
  • Anna C. Heling 08/10/2007 11:06

    very nice, a wonderful picture..
    ng, claudia
  • David Bu. 08/09/2007 23:13

    The combination of red and green makes this palm an extraordinary one. That looks just marvellous mate!

    All the best, David
  • Nyo Pu 08/09/2007 5:22

    very familiar with this one since child hood. nowadays, people, here, are trying to decorate with this one garden landscaping. interesting path of real traveler also.
    best wishes, np
  • Christian Michalski 08/08/2007 8:15

    Fine pic with nice contrast of red and green.
    Interesting story and plans. So enjoy your trip around Australia.
  • Tom McAlexander 08/08/2007 7:19

    I almost posted one of these the other day. Glad I didn't. Yours is so much more beautiful.
  • Anca Silvia B. 08/08/2007 6:35

    Interesting story,John.
    I like this palm.
  • Claudia Lotz 08/07/2007 23:27

    This Palm Trees are very nice, great shot!
    Your Story has interisting Informations, i like it. :-)
    Good Luck and happy Days on your Trip
  • Leo_nid 08/07/2007 22:43

    These red stems are amazing!
    Keep them coming
  • Frechdax . 08/07/2007 21:35

    a wonderful picture, i like it very much!
    (also interesting story!)
  • CsomorLászló 08/07/2007 21:10

  • Cees Kuijs 08/07/2007 21:00

    John, what amazing... That they really excist, and when you say RED, you mean RED !! Thanks for sharing !!
    Greetings, Cees
  • Joachim Häfner 08/07/2007 20:17

    A interesting story. The palm's are looking beautiful.
    LG, Joachim
  • JVision 08/07/2007 20:08

    Darwin had to suffer a lot, first the war and then the cyclone. Thank's for the interesting inforamtion. The palm tree is unusal and an absolut beauty.
  • 2 little stars 08/07/2007 20:01

    Hi, John
    thanks for the information about Darwin - good that the wheather is fine today and no Cyclone is announced.
    Have a nice trip to the Litchfield Park - we are looking forward to seeing more pics from you.
    Greetz Christel
  • Wolfgang Kölln 08/07/2007 19:56

    What a lovely palm tree; I like those little red stems. I have been in darwin 2001 too, butr before 9-11. We enjoyed it very much, also Litchfield National Park! Have care, mate!
    Cheers Wolfgang
  • Michael Henderson 08/07/2007 19:51

    Nice shot, Interesting story....

  • Véronique Soulier 08/07/2007 19:18

    a fine dairy to read and a gorgeous flower,, enjoy yourself, bye VS
  • Judy B.. 08/07/2007 19:07

    wow john grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat, am lovin it;-)
    lv2u ju
  • Norfolks and more 08/07/2007 19:07

    Hello John!
    Nice story - and this plant seems to be very interesting.
    Greetings Anke and Björn
  • Christian Knospe 08/07/2007 18:48

    hallo john,
    very interesting story
    i like this kind of palm too

    greetings from chris
  • Tanjung-Pinang 08/07/2007 18:37

    I have never seen before with that red colour.
    I remember that cyclone in 1974. We stood 1969/70 in Darwin and our people were okay. Thats a good message.
    Have a good trip to Brisbane. In Cairns we stood at a little house opposite the hospital, I think it is not more there, the time changed to much.

    br monika.
  • Hartmut Schulz 08/07/2007 18:33

    Eine sehr schöne Pflanze zeigst Du uns hier.
    Gruß Hartmut