Dominica

November 20-21, 2005

The Dominican flag features the Sisserou Parrot, the state bird and a rare and endangered species. 

We saw this rainbow on the crossing between Martinique and Dominica.  It's actually a double, but the second one can't be seen in the photo.

Deb sailing along the Dominica coast

The mouth of the Indian River in Portsmouth

Our fearless guide, Eddison

Trees on the river

Reflections on the river

Roots of the Chatennye Gwan-Fey tree

Approaching the bar at the end of the navigable part of the river

Immature plantains

Papaya tree

Cocoa tree

Linda, Eddison, and Deb

A Rasta at the bar took a liking to Deb

The kids of the bar's owner

Bamboo shoots can grow as much as a foot in one day!

Coffee bush

Each red berry contains two coffee beans.  The coffee must be picked by hand.

Sugar cane used to make rum

Pink flower

Moss covered log in the Syndicate Rain forest

This is the tree the Carib Indians used to make dugout canoes, because they grow up to 50 feet tall with no branches.  This one is covered in vines, which are prevalent in the rain forest.

This plant is an epiphyte, meaning it obtains all it's nutrients and water from the air.  It uses the tree as a support but is not parasitic.

Our guide, Ken, playing Tarzan

Chatennye Guan-Fey tree

Fascinating root structure!

Linda and Deb in the roots of a dying Chatennye Gwan-Fey

Deb hiking through the rain forest

Immature nutmeg

When they are ripe, they crack open.

Cocoa seeds

If you suck on the seeds, the jelly coating them provides a sweet fruity taste.  Just don't bite down on them!

The trail leading to Milton Falls

Milton Falls

80 feet high

Ken, our guide

Deb and Linda at the falls

The bouquet picked for us by Ken

Notice the boat boy on the surfboard in the background.  He's rowing up to see if we want any fruit.

Bird, fish and grasshopper woven by Eddison and the Rasta guy

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