Talipot palms (Corypha umbraculifera), Pamplemousses Gardens, Mauritius

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Watercolour of Talipot palms, Mauritius, Róisín Curé

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Limited edition print (200). Watercolour area 403 x 508 mm. This painting was made in 2012 on the Indian ocean island of Mauritius.

The Talipot palms are one of the main attractions in the Botanic Gardens. There is a beautiful avenue lined with them. These are the young ones: the mature ones were stunning, but I was intimidated to draw them, due to the complexity of their trunks. I won’t be such a coward next time. The guides walked past as I drew, telling the visitors all about the Talipot palms. That is why I know that they bloom once every sixty years, and then die. I loved the way the sunlight filtered through the leaves and made patterns on the path.