Talk about flowers! Bill and I are now in Costa Rica
and marveling at the tropical flowers. I'm photographing some that
I hope to incorporate in paintings in the future. Last evening the
parents of a local student hosted us at their home for dinner.
Their garden had a huge plant with counteless orchids cascading
down. One cluster about six feet across displayed "A ves de
Paraiso" (Birds of Paradise)--so dramatic.
We are here to volunteer on an Earthwatch
project--"Coffee From Community to Cup," and we've learned so much.
We are working on two coffee farms that belong to a cooperative.
Most their coffee is sold to Starbucks, one of the sponsors of this
project. We're assisting in research to help the farms be more
sustainable and environmentally friendly. One of our tasks is to
trap insects that pollinate the plants...bees, wasps, spiders,
ants, moths. We trap them in the coffee fields, which are planted
in a steep mountainous area, and bring them back to the lab to sort
and identify. We did a smilar project in Bordeaux, France last
year--only the plants were grape vines in vineyards--a whole new
I've volunteered on 21
Earthwatch projects all over the world, and each time gained
knowledge and friends, and feel they have enhanced my life.
I'll soon return to Cleveland, and my class, and another blog