Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wednesday June 8th - Flamboyant Trees

There are many flamboyant trees in Dominica.  This is a close up of one of its flowers.  The trees are filled with these flowers.  It is a nice contrast against the green of the leaves.

The amazing thing is this tree is originally from Madagascar and was brought to the Caribbean hundreds of years ago.  Today we think the world is so small because of airplane travel and the internet but hundreds of years ago there was travel and with the people they brought plants, food anf knowledge to share. 

Travel was hard so long ago (but of course they didn't have to deal with the TSA) yet they were the adventurors who started making the world smaller and we could learn about new cultures.  So appreciate the plants and foods we have as they may have been brought to us a very long time ago.

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