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In a recent post for his Radiolab/NPR blog Krulwich Wonders, Robert Krulwich writes: "Life is short for small creatures, longer in big ones. So algae die sooner than oak trees; elephants live longer than mayflies, but you know that. Here's the surprise: There is a mathematical formula...

"What's your favorite tree?"  Several trees come to mind including our own Feijoa sellowiana (pineapple guava), but I've had this banyan tree in my mind for almost three years since my 2010 business trip to the Westin Moana Surfrider in Waikiki Beach, Oahu. Planted as a...

AKA: Water iris Appearance: Tempest in a Dixie cup, the velour coat of arms of the Spears family Origin: The biggest dreamer of all the bog dwellers, this crinkled darling was the first skinny dipper in New Orleans history Occupation: Moistening the lapels of prog rockers along the Gulf Scent:...

We came for the lobster rolls and stayed for the 100-year-old trees. One of our neighborhood favorites, Herringbone in La Jolla, opened splashily last year to crammed happy hours and lively late-night dining inside an arching, blond-beamed former warehouse space. In keeping with the Mediterranean ethos...

Strelitzia reginae AKA: Bird of paradise Appearance: Tampa Bay origami, hummingbird methadone Origin: A fever dream rising from the ashes of an Anaheim Ramada Occupation: Trailer park socialite, patron saint of screenplays Scent:  Top notes of traffic median with a hard candy drydown Zones: Responsible for every bad date in Melbourne Applications: Facilitator of shoulder-pad...

At a Halloween party a couple weeks ago, the host, our friend Tom (winningly dressed as a 1930s lion tamer) told us we had to, had to, take a one-block detour to see one of the most spectacular ficus trees we would ever lay eyes on. We...