What's motivating you this Monday?
This morning I sorted through my photographs from our recent trip to Tela, Honduras looking for some inspiration to keep me rolling through these dog days of summer. Since we were lucky enough to hike through Punta Sal and the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens, lush green vegetation in all its lovely forms was easy to find.
Punta Sal is a national park and nature preserve. It was established in 1994 in an attempt to protect the natural ecosystems from the spread of plantain plantations. One of the founders, Jeannette Kawas, was actually murdered for her conservation work there. The biodiversity is amazing boasting of beaches, rivers, lakes, mangrove forests, and humid tropical forests:
Apparently this cove was featured in Pirates of the Carribean, but I was really busy staring at lthe tiniest hermit crabs I have ever seen so I have zero facts about the movie. This little guy was the size of my pinky fingernail:
So, yeah, I've got nothing to say about Johnny Depp, but these leaves are pretty great:
On the final day of our trip we had a few hours to spend wandering around Lancetilla. This is one of the largest botanical gardens and the second largest tropical garden in the world. If you know me you can imagine how far behind I was on the trail snapping pictures and kicking myself for not bringing my real camera. The gardens boast 1,200 species of plants including an entire greenhouse of orchids and the most gigantic bamboo forest I have ever seen:
For some perspective, Jeff is 6'5". That's some serious bamboo. Its shade provides amazing relief from the scorching sun and humidity.
Every inch of this place is covered in flora and fauna. Even the trees are home to a whole tiny jungle of moss, vines, ferns, and lichen.
Whoever had the idea to pin these butterflies to a mirror was a genius. I want an entire wall of my house with leaves and butterflies pinned on it. Yep, I'm feeling inspired now.