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Marilyn Samwick planted a poinciana tree in her front yard in her husband’s memory after he died.

Her photograph of an arbor of poincianas at the Gardens East apartments won “Best in Show.”

Marilyn Samwick takes pictures for her own enjoyment. If other people like them, too, that’s a bonus.

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The Garden Oaks resident was delighted when her photo of the blooming poinciana trees earned “Best in Show” in this year’s Palm Beach Gardens resident photo contest. She snapped the shot of the trees outside the Gardens East apartments in mid-June with her Panasonic Lumix camera, she said.

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Samwick thought they looked photogenic, so she took the picture and then digitally enhanced it to make the grove look like a globe.

Poinciana trees are special to Samwick. She planted one in memory of her husband in her front yard after he died three years ago, she said. A neighbor suggested she go to see the flowering trees at Alternate A1A and Burns Road.

She picked up photography after she retired from real estate in 2005. Nature, flowers, animals and architecture are her favorite subjects, she said. The hobby gave her and her husband something to do together when his health deteriorated.

Photography is also a way to keep a record of history, Samwick said.

“We all think we’re going to remember something just the way it was, and somehow, that doesn’t happen,” she said.

— SARAH PETERS



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