Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Most Sunday mornings we head for The Maya Beach Hotel Bistro. It's our favorite restaurant any time! Just a short distance from The Maine Stay. This Sunday, my friend Eldon Mead decided to have the "Big American Breakfast."
But take a look at all the other goodies on the breakfast menu...
Friday, December 21, 2012
Interesting Belize Rainforest PlantsKaren Travers
The ‘Strangler Fig (or Vine)’ starts out as an epiphyte seed that germinates in a tree. It is actually a “Ficus”, the same family of tress as the ‘Weeping Fig’.
Rather than growing its own huge trunk, it “cheats” by growing from the top down, slithering its roots from high in the tree down to the ground.
As the vine grows it gently encircles the tree with green growth. Once rooted in the ground, the vine expands its web. It thickens and flattens against the tree trunk.
Eventually the roots completely encircle the trunk and begin to fuse; above in the canopy the fig is shading out the host tree's leaves. The host tree sickens and dies, and eventually decomposes. This leaves the strangler fig standing tall, its fused roots forming a hollow trunk as tall as the original tree. While merely a shell, it is strong enough to stand. The whole process takes a long time – maybe a century and a half.
Once the tree decomposes, the remaining structure is an intricate network filled with cavities. This is the Strangler Vine ‘stand’ we just obtained, with an antique Mahogany bowl that just fits on the top. These shallow scooped bowls were used for kneading bread.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|Karen (R) and my sister from San Diego|
|Barefoot is right on the Placencia main road and has fantastic decor!|
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
|Orchid at Maya Beach Hotel|
Just the other day I noticed this gorgeous orchid at the Maya Beach Hotel. I have heard for many years that Belize has more varieties of orchids than any other country. Not sure of the accuracy of that claim, but there is no doubt that the abundance and variety is very great.
Those of you wanting to explore Belize and see these, might find this book valuable.