Orange yellow but yuh nah know if he sweet...

By 12:35 PM , , , , ,

Why do I keep dreaming these weird things recently that will never happen?? 
First a confession, then hair chopping and now a proposal??
What is it I'm eating bad before I go to bed??

Now we shall go back to this station's original programming...........

I deliberated on my post too long. I forgot most of what I wanted to write and I misplaced my scribbled notes on the topic... I guess when I find it I could just do an edit.

Anyway, the following photos are from our field trip last Friday. We went with a botanist, Dr. Linda Lyon, from Montana to visit various habitats and look for different plants. Sure, we've been to the locations several times but it was different this time seeing it through the eyes of a botanist. She took us through the habitats and explained various interesting facts about the plants, why they're where they are, where they're native to, and how to identify them. I don't remember everything I learned over the past couple days... but I do find myself recognizing different plants now. Dr. Lyon kept saying that after a while, recognizing them kind of gives you a sense of placement as to where you are and what to expect habitat-wise. Now when I see certain trees, I think "Oh, well that makes sense." Furthermore, it's not just trees in a blur anymore, I know some of their names or at least I have an idea of what family they might fall under.

Dry forest...

Acacia in the dry scrub habitat. (worry not..  the habitat is only that green because of all the rain.) You can tell because of the type of (pinnate/bi-pinnate) leaves and thorns along the stem/branch. The thorns serve as protection for the tree, and the flowers. It's part of the fabaceae family. 
This, is a single flower of the leucaena, it's part of the  fabaceae family as well.

But this is how it looks on the tree. So the whole fluffy puff is really a bunch of flowers, not just one.

Cactus... because they can store water for when the habitat gets really dry as is typical.

And then Grand Etang....

Bamboo...which is really a grass. 

Yes.. yes I know this shot runs the risk of being over edited but I think it looks pretty. These are tree ferns. 

The class

More classmates...

Classmate, Dr. Lyon, Dr. Pilcher, and Dr. Lyon's husband.

This is part of the family cycadaceae. It's a nice piece of history as it's a very primitive plant. I think Dr. Lyon said it's like the grand father of pine trees, in that this is where pine trees evolved from. 

A full shot of it. I think it's called a cycis (I'm not sure how it's spelt.). I tried google and found it's relatives but not this particular one...

The.... rubber tree.


Drummers performing at the tourist center in Gran Etang

Lichens and moss on a trunk. Lichens being green.. moss being the light green/dark green/gray-ish lower part.


What we call sugar dish... what really is verbena. I *think* people use it for colds.

Leaf of life... or love leaf. Remember when you were a kid and you'd write your name and stick it in a book and watch it grow?



Ferns! They reproduce via spores on the underside of the leaf which are those little black things.

Lycopodium, from the genus of club mosses. According to wikipedia, it's also known as creeping cedar or ground pines..?

Back on the bus heading back to St. George's...a bit damp.

C'est tout pour aujourd'hui.

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  1. Hey Shellon!

    Looks like we took a lot of the same subjects! I really like your closeup shots.
    I'm normally lazy with putting up my pictures but I finally added some to my Flickr account.
    Take a look here:


  2. Scott9:40 AM

    Nice pics. I'm a fan of fog, especially the "Fog of War" Film. Are you a Botanist?

  3. The woman with us, Dr. Lyon, is... I'm just a student. I'm doing 'Bio: Wildlife and Conservation' now as my major and a bit of botany falls under the umbrella.