Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece ~ The Coconut Palm

Masterpiece. No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way.


Often in my writing and particularly when I’m participating in a challenge I will look up the meaning of the word presented by the challenge.  This week the theme is:



1. a person’s greatest piece of work, as in an art.

2. anything done with masterly skill: a masterpiece of improvisation.

3. a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind: The chef’s cake was a masterpiece.

4. a piece made by a person aspiring to the rank of master in a guild or other craft organization as a proof of competence.


1570–80; master + piece, modeled on Dutch meesterstuk, German Meisterstück

I also read a couple of the comments.  Some of the regular participants were struggling with the challenge this week, believing that there was nothing that they could see around them that was a true masterpiece.  As you can see, the term masterpiece is wide open to interpretation, any masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder.

I, otherwise struggled to narrow it down to one image, one masterpiece that I have observed in the world around me.  And then I went through my photo archives and came up with this:


This little coconut palm was growing by itself on a sand bar around the small islands of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.  This wee tree is demonstrating a consummate example of skill or excellence, the skill of survival.


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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece ~ The Coconut Palm

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  2. I love this picture! Nice!

    • indacampo says:

      Gracias! Our little waterproof point and shoot is great for shots like this. Although I fear that it may be on its last legs. 😦

  3. Kris says:

    Ah ha, you too 🙂 I’m headed to the US and was thinking of the Golden Gate bridge, but we’re landing in Oakland and won’t be going over it. But, there is this amazing tree in the neighborhood, truly a masterpiece if I ever saw one. And, here you come along also thinking of trees. Your little tree is a masterpiece in progress, and your photo is beautiful and touching, showing its determination to survive.

    • indacampo says:

      It really got me thinking how hardy those coconuts are. We planted a few around la casa that started as little sprouts washed down the Oria River and took root in the sand. They are little masterpieces of survival!

      Beun viaje, when do you leave?

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