Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Although I've been showing images of birds and wildlife, at heart I'm an ecologist. My brain wants to understand how things work- and how things interact. Without a critical understanding of the physical conditions of a place, and the plants that are able to survive in these conditions, you can't fully understand the animals. Guanica is a great example of how plants evolve to survive under harsh environmental conditions. The Guanica State Forest is a United Nations world biosphere reserve, an international designation denoting that this is a globally significant ecosystem. Over 700 species of native plants dwell in this amazingly well preserved tropical dry forest. I could spend five years learning the flora of this place, and I'd still be learning new things each day. For now, I am only armed with photos, but the next time we go to Guanica, I'm hoping to learn the names of a few of the more charismatic plant species.