For most of my life, I’ve lived In temperate climates. As an adult, I’ve spent some brief times in alpine, Arctic, and desert regions. Only recently have I spent any significant amount of time in a tropical climate. I’ve lived in the Philippines now for about three years. Last month, I wrote about some of the small creatures I see hereabouts. But what is most striking, and reminds me daily of my tropical surroundings, are the plants. The countryside is filled with lush, fast growing foliage. The exotic ambiance is even evident in the wind. I sometimes think I hear rain, only to look up to see the wind moving the fronds of the coconut trees. When the wind moves the wide leaves of the banana trees I still look up, half expecting to see a sailing ship in the air.
Vegetables and fruits are available anytime of the year. Some, I’d only seen on grocery shelves, but never fresh from the tree or plant.
Even many of the trees and flowers here are strange and interesting to me.
And to finish up with more wild and exotic plants.
And the one most curious to me, the amorphophallus.
we westerners living in Asia are fond of reminding each other that “we’re not in Kansas anymore “. I can simply look around me to know that is true.