The group minus Virginia who took this photo, what a rag tag bunch we resembled!
Wild man Terry having some fun, imagine meeting him for the first time in a setting like this!
Juliette all decked out with her gloves et al.
I found a palm that is indigenous to Barbados and many of the other Caribbean islands Cocothrinax Barbadensis, so I decided to dig it up with my new fork.
Well the new fo
urk became a twork after attempting to dig the palm up!
Virginia, Terry and myself in front one of the many shallow caves found in this area.
Juliette joining Virgina and I
Andrew reflecting on the morbid past in an area known as Negro's Rock. He related a story known to many in that area, about plantation owners during the time of slavery hanging their slaves there. Over time the name has been distorted and vulgarized and is now known as Nigga's Rock. Andrew who hadn't been into the woods for several years was surprised at some of the damage done by Hurricane Tomas two years ago. There were lots of fallen trees and thick underbrush that covered many of the tracks.
These roots from trees located on the cliff above have grown down unto the floor of the gully to anchor themselves.
Maiden hair ferns grew naturally on these damp rocks
ferns dotted the floor of the gully
Cabbage palms found growing along the stream bed
wild hops Flemingia strobilifera were plentiful
This morning I took a trek with some friends to a former dairy farm on Mount Wilton which borders the parishes of St. Thomas and St. Joseph. It is co-owned by Andrew the group's leader and his brother. The farm covers some ninety acres with small sections under cultivation. We trekked into the wooded part of the hilly terrain and there we found many species of palms growing wild; there were Cabbage palms, MacArthur palms, Macaw palms with their menacing spikes and the Barbados palm Cocothrinax barbadensis. We came across a plant by the name of job's tears Coix lacryma-jobi that has been used by indigenous peoples around the globe for centuries in jewelry making. As a child I remember making necklaces and bracelets with its beads. We are planning another trek soon in that same area and I can't wait to see what we might discover.