The Rain Forest of St
As well as touring an island we hope
to find something unique to an area that will stand out, for example, the goats
up trees in Morocco, here in St Lucia is the rain forest. Off we went on Sunday
22nd February for the half hour bus journey to ride a suspended pram through, up
and over the forest.
When we first left England I followed
a few blogs and we literally followed a catamaran called Troutbridge,
pulling in to places weeks after it had left. We finally got to meet Peter in
Barbados and again here in Rodney Bay. Peter joined us with Helen his crew for
our day out.
Waiting for our
pram with Pete and Helen to our right.
Various views of
the pram. Empty, us aboard, on the lower wire on the out journey with
returning people above us and vice versa when we were on the downward journey.
In photo seven in the centre of the shot are people walking below us, some 100
A shot of the entrance to the forest and high above a tree fern.
Some of the flowers.
Some of the plants many people will recognise as house plants, here
grown where the birds drop the seeds.
The first tree - known locally as
'fisherman's tree' is used to make canoes, the inner
tissue is used in the rivers, it irritates a fishes eyes so they leap out
onto the bank to be collected for supper. Bear by a
root that wasn't bothered about a rock being in the way. The final tree is of
the Ficus family, it sends many shoots up a host tree
eventually strangling it to death, at this point the shoots then fill in the
gaps making a solid trunk.
The tree in the centre is a white
flowering Magnolia. Here in the rain forest about 160
inches of rain falls per year, which is a huge amount for a tropical island. The
largest trees here take up 8 gallons of water per day.
How tiny this tree climbing fern starts out, climbing and at full grown.
If you cut three feet in length it will keep you supplied with drinking
Bear by what the locals use as a
Christmas tree, me ready
for the jungle, Bear and Pete listening attentively to Ron,
our guide. Me distracting the boys to take
A termite nest,
fruit of one of the palms and Bromeliad - air plants of the
pineapple family seen on the tree branch - Tillandsia Exelsa - Pino. We also saw an abundance of Mistletoe and so many
different trees including the West Indian Mahogany, Maho Pima - Gwa Bwa, the
Gommier tree whose fruit feeds the St Lucian Parrot and many
View from the top
of the forest overlooking Marigot Bay. On a clear day you can see
ALL in ALL an amazing
experience, a unique experience not to be