orchids in the wild

We visited the Tampolo forest, (Madagascar), which is an example of a preserved forest with trails on different themes, like the orchid trail, the palm trail, the trail that takes you all the way to the beach with its specific vegetation… We didin’t have the time nor the courage to walk all the way to the beach… It was hot, oh so hot and time was running short on our busy shedule. We were supposed to set off at 9, but with what the Malgache call the ‘elastic time’, we were ready by 11…. Mora mora as they say, but unfortunaltely, we found that we wasted quite a lot of time we could have spent exploring more and farther !

Anyway, we walked past those beautiful wild orchids. They grow on trees, they’re called “epiphyte” and they need to be pollinated by hand, which is the task of the eco guard ranging in the Tampolo forest.

many thanks to our passionate guide
and to the man in charge of the management of the forest

Nov 29, 2010

cross country hiking

during my trip to Madagascar two weeks ago, we were able to enjoy the abundant vegetation,
where the only way through was a path to be walked in a single file ;
we even enjoyed the fiddly crossing of a muddy stream
with the help of massive bamboo canes !

Keep in touch ! Soon to come, orchids from Madagascar

Nov 29, 2010

analanjirofo, the region of the clove

Last time I talked about my trip to Madagascar, I posted photos of rice and clove drying in the sun.
Well today is a close-up shot of the various stages of the clove, from picked to dried !

Nov 26, 2010

the Red Island

I’m back from a fantastic two week trip with my students from lycee horticole de Lomme to Madagascar.
We went on a botanical exploration and were totally delighted with the beauty and diversity of the Region we mostly stayed in : Analanjirofo, in the North East, not far from The Island of Sainte Marie.

We never came across the famous baobabs, who can be seen in the south, but saw many litchi, mango, coffee, tea, banana, orange, not to forget the clove trees, which gave its name to the region (jirofo = girofle in French, that is clove). The production of rice is major in the part too, and it was quite a common picture when we walked across villages, to see clove and rice drying on mats on the ground, with hens picking the odd grain…

clove and rice drying in the sun

Nov 16, 2010