Monday, May 22, 2017

Pineapples: Domestic vs. Wild

Remember the photo of the baby pineapple with purple flowers?  The first photo here is of a baby *wild* pineapple, also with purple flowers.  Besides the purple flowers and spikey leaves, the domestic and wild don't look very similar.  The last photo is the same domestic pineapple today, about six weeks later.








Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bee Homes

At this point in the dry season, lots of flowers are blooming and we hear a constant background buzz of bees.  So, we weren't surprised when Julio took us on a bees' nests tour and we found four different types of nests right in the yard.








Monday, May 1, 2017

It's the dry season...

Forget the 17-year cicada thing. Here in Belize, every dry season is cicada season, to the point where every night when we sit with our guests in the early evening, the first question is, "What is that noise?" in response to the loud saw-like buzzing that sometimes causes us to raise our voices in order to be heard. The cicadas are big, and there are a lot of them. The photo of the shells on the tree is just a small patch of the tree trunk, and most of the tree is covered with this density of shells.