I spent most of yesterday trying to upload the photos that follow. Had I done my homework I would have realized that not only had I wanted to write about this tree, but in fact I already did. Here: The first MAMEY post. That didn't stop me, not after spending the entire day working on this piece.
This is the big picture. This tree provides shade from the brutal summer sun, live entertainment for anyone sitting in the patio, a bridge to "the other side" for the cats, as well as (fingers crossed) edible fruit. It's been a while since I have been in the swimming pool at all, let alone whiling away the hours thinking, writing and watching the life that abounds in the mamey tree. The tree definitely brings back fond memories of a more productive time in the water.
I was surprised to read, in my own blog mind you, that this is an evergreen tree. Once I stopped to think about it, it not only sheds its leaves twice a year, but I don't remember a stage when it isn't full and green and leafy. It also grows new flowers as soon as it is finished dropping the load it currently has. The bees love them. There always seem to be flowers growing mysteriously on its branches.