March 19th, 2012

Red in Redland, a color-journal

—by Alex Norelli

The Guiana Chestnut…or as I like to call it, the Firework Flower

The Guiana Chestnut…or as I like to call it, the Firework Flower

The last three months I had a chance to explore the Redlands, an agricultural region at the southern tip of the continent, just south of Miami. Because of its unique zone 10 climate, they grow local bananas, passion fruit, guavas, starfruit, tomatoes year-round, in addition to a myriad of others that have probably never appeared beyond a farm stand in the Sunshine State.

…and to think I only thought of Oranges when I thought of Florida…, now I think of Mangos, Lulu Avocados, The Sapotes, Pomelo, Jaboticaba, Star Apples, and many more.

While doing my investigations down there during a three-month stint this past winter, I connected with blogger Marian Wertalka, who has made it her mission to document the goings-on and offerings of the Redlands. She offered me an opportunity to give an outsider’s, and an artist’s perspective on this colorful land, and looking through my photos after a winter of wanderings, I found a Red thread in the Redlands.

You can read and see what I found at Redland Rambles.


ARtist, poet, Gardener www.AlexNorelliARt.com

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