While on our trip to the Amami Islands in the south of Japan, we came across all sorts of odd plantlife. Well, odd to us, that is. This orange pod thing came in all shapes and sizes, and looked like some kind of aloe-like plant:
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 23mm — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
This next grassy-type-puffy thing was a weed found pretty much everywhere...
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/4000 sec, f/4, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
Beside the road at one point we came across some delicate little bell-like red flowers....
Our guide said that he loved them when he was a kid, because you could pluck them then suck out a bit of sweet juice from them. Anthony tentatively tried them...
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/750 sec, f/5, ISO 160 — map & image data — nearby photos
for a flower
The foreground green branches in the photo below have these huge pods hanging from them, about the size and shape of a Japanese cucumber, with the consistency of a hardwood baseball bat.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/180 sec, f/7.1, ISO 160 — map & image data — nearby photos
The purple/pink flowers in the background were your run of the mill retina-endangering really really colorful pink/purple flowers.
They reminded me of the Azaleas in Kyoto. For all I know they are azaleas.... I dunno.