Paul standing next to his
favorite tree, the breadfruit (Artocarpus altilus). Many have now been planted in
the garden and even more are in the nursery waiting to gain more strength before being
transferred to TropicRiverWoods (on right).
Our trip in March saw another great
transformation even since November. The footpaths and staircases have nearly 1/4
mile to them. Next they will be cemented with river rock inserted within the
cement. The trees have even gained more height, becoming taller than we are.
Filiberto continues to amaze us with his knowledge and dedication to the project.
What follows, is a photographic record of our March, 2005TropicRiverWoods project findings.
Paul standing under a Balsa
that was started from seed!
The footpaths continue to grow throughout the
property. Immediately below, left, Paul uses fluorescent spraypaint to map out a
few more paths.
The growth of the trees is becoming quite
impressive as is the addition of understory flora
Filiberto has added even more wildflowers along
the pathway at the entrance and many of our flowering trees are beginning to mature and
Birds appear to be seeing the changes, too!
A Great Kiskadee
(Thalurania colombica venusta)
(Mother, on left, was watching very closely as Brad took pictures
of her babies)
An exploration found many types of ferns and
Unfortunately, there was
also a 30 year flood that happened in February. The Changuinola River swelled and
with great force, toppled trees, destroyed banana crops and displaced thousands of
residents many of which also become unemployed. Note the empty land in the picture
on the left, it previously had trees and shrubs on it.
the land adjacent to ours, slid down the hill...
toppling even this large
tree into what was a small creek bed...
enlarging the creek bed
into a small ravine, full of debris.
The next regularly scheduled
Loma Finca Cuatro TropicRiverWoods, S.A. update will be in the either May or June, 2005,
by Paul in solo to take down additional seedlings of pine, cassia and teak, amongst
others, that will be hardy enough by then to cultivate.
and Brad, Your Hosts!