Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Botany of Brazil

In the tropics, plants grow almost everywhere. This epiphyte is growing on an electric line.

My birding trip to Brazil yielded more than just birds. The vegetation in that part of South America is lush and dense forests, rich farmland, and lots of edge habitat with viney tangles, giant palm fronds, epiphytes and bromeliads, and every kind of fruit and flower you can imagine.

When the birding got slow in Brazil (which was not often) I enjoyed looking around for interesting plants to photograph. Here are a few of the images I kept, after weeding.
Cecropia frond against the afternoon sky.

The morning dew makes the grasses bow their heads.

The fronds of this vine-like fern were more than 10 feet long.

We ate papayas from this very tree at a restaurant on the Praia da Almada.

A vine's long tendrils reaching for something, anything.

My plan is to share one more brief post about Brazil and then move on to other subjects. If you're interested in reading the full account of my birding trip to Brazil, it will be in a future issue of Bird Watcher's Digest.

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At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Island Rider said...

Um, I am not one to correct someone I have never met, but I think those are papayas not mangoes. But, then, I live in Florida not Brazil.

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

yes. I mistook that tree for another one I photographed. thanks for the correx!

At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if you just stood still for a while with your hat off.....

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Joan said...

I've been a fan of your blogs for a while and am hoping you can help me. I have a new flock of birds that I can't identify. Can you offer advice on how to get help for situations like this? I have taken lots of pictures of these birds but still can't figure out what they are.
Thanks, Joan, Newark, Delaware
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