High: 82° FNope, not a heat wave in Maine. I’m here in Mahaut, Dominica, on the last day of our college’s field course at the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology. We’ve all fallen in love with Dominica: it’s an island with as many geologic contrasts as it has social and historical. While here, we’ve studied coral formations, traditional fishing practices, Mangrove patches, cloud forests, and more. We’ve sampled local food, met great people, learned about fruit plantations, and seen more species than any of us could identify. It’s been a wonderful experience, and we all leave moonstruck about this gorgeous place. You can read the full account of our adventures, written by Unity College students, at http://uctropicalmarine.wordpress.com/ .
Low: 73° F
Conditions: Partly cloudy with swells of 15 feet. Possible tropical depression off shore.
Tomorrow, we fly first to Puerto Rico and then to New England, where the forecast promises snowy weather and low temps. In the meantime, here’s a quick photo essay of the flora and fauna of Dominica. I had to do my research without the original caninaturalist, who’s back home colonizing my side of the bed. Luckily, I met a few others who were willing to help.