Pictures from a Walk Near our House
There had been rain and bitter cold in our colonia while we were away in Boston. The night we arrived home, we couldn't get warm. Once in bed, we piled a comforter on the comforter and I put my jacket around my feet. The dogs all joined us. But on Sunday, the clouds cleared to reveal an intensely blue sky over newly-washed fields and fincas and woodland. We were very happy to take our dogs for their walk. Below are a miscellany of pictures from that walk along a path that criss-crosses a meandering stream and takes us to, among other places, a trail up to a waterfall. I put pictures of the falls on the blog awhile ago. The owner of the stretch of trail that goes to them has fenced it off so it is harder to reach. There is debate about his right to do so since it is all ejido land. Who knows.
Anway, here are the pics:
Some bridges crossing the stream:
This was an ambitious bridge project that was never finished. You can sort of see Jim behind the tree at the right. The bridge has no ramps so Jim climbed up the abuttment (I think that's what you'd call it).
This is the roadway on the unfinished bridge. I mean the area right here at the bottom covered with plants. A layer of earth has grown as plants have seeded, sprung up and decayed. And of course now there are more plants. The log has fallen across the roadway. It didn't grow there. I think there is now an effort to promote growing plants on rooves. In Xalapa, at one of the markets which is being rehabilitated, plants are growing on purpose out of a wall.
Just a regular bridge across the road. Daisy and Rita are up ahead of Jim. There are several like this.
This is one of those ordinary bridges, but it is guarded by a giant sycamore part of whose base you can see on the right. You can also see Daisy.
These are some of the roots of the giant sycamore clothed in dried mud.
Footbridge to house of man who won't let people use the trail to the waterfalls.
Below are a rock that looks like a piece of tree trunk and a piece of a tree trunk that looks like a rock (more or less).
Here are some flowers in bloom.
These flowers have a lovely lavender-purpley color which you can't see here. They are prolific.
Same flowers with a bamboo stand in the background.
I call these lantern flowers. My sister in law Evelyn remembers them from her childhood in Hawaii. I love them. They dry beautifully and once again are growing as spring approaches.
These are floribundia. They are among may favorites. They grow on small trees and indeed do hang upside down. And as their name suggests, they are abundant. I have a painting of some pinkish-white ones by my friend Jo Belmont.
There are many more kinds of flowers open now, but these are what I took pictures of.
Below some miscellaneous plant pictures.
This is a pruned coffee plant. Old plants get pruned way back. You can see shoots starting to come out of it. A man in Coatepec sells orchids stuck into these stumps. They often have strange, monstrous shapes.
Once again I can't show you the vivid color, but if you look carefully about two thirds up the left side you can see splatters of red, a fungus on this coffee trunk.
A stand of bamboo
Some lacy bug-eaten leaves. The bugs had quite a feast. The plant survives.
And here are a couple of non-dog animals.
A pretty, pregnant horse.
A magnificent exoctic bull (and Daisy).
That's all for today, folks.