Thursday, March 20, 2008

Notes from Paradise

High: 82° F
Low: 73° F
Conditions: Partly cloudy with swells of 15 feet. Possible tropical depression off shore.
Nope, 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 .

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.

Happy Spring!


Maverick the Pirate said...

Did you find any pirates on the island Harrrrr?
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Anonymous said...

Oh! Can you bring home two furry souvenirs for Ari?


p.s. Happy Vernal Equinox...

The Army of Four said...

Gorgeous pictures! I hope those puppies have homes!
It's awfully nice of Ari to take care of things for you while you're gone. :)

The Daily Echo said...

Lucky for you Ari will be keeping your side of the bed warm! Meeka wasn't real willing to give Dad's side of the bed back when Dad came back from his trip. I wonder what Ari will think. Woo - you may have to trade up with her. Better bring home something yummy! Thanks for sharing the great pictures and have a safe trip back.

Kate said...

They are great photos. I've looked at the other blog a couple of times but not had enough time to sit down and read right through it. So don't delete it when you have finished the trip!

(using my alter ego as I haven't got round to logging in as Pippa yet this morning)

Ferndoggle said...

What great pics! I'm dreaming of spring.


Blue said...

For one minute I thought Blogger had gone mad & sent me to paradise.
Looks good to me right now as its hailing -okay wimp stuff to you nornally but I'm a soft Brit!
Lovely photo's.

And a Happy EAster to you & Ari!

Best wishes, pats & pets

Kathiesbirds said...

Kathryn, looks like Ari missed out on meeting some new friends! Sounds like you had a great time. I'll certainly check out the other blog. Wonderful photos. Thanks for taking us along. It must be a shock to your system to be back in ME. Hope you made it back safely and aren't stuck in an airport somewhere!

Kapp pack said...

Bewootiful pictures! Have a safe trip back home!

WOo woo, Kelsey Ann

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

We've missed you and your sidekikhk!

Khan't wait fur woo to play khatch up with each other and with US!


Simba said...

Could you send some of the sunshine my way.

Simba x

Sharon said...

It looks so beautiful there!

You asked "what is a funky cheeseburger?" I really don't know, but it might be good to eat. It has cheese in it, so it can't be bad, right?

JB's Big World said...

What wonderful photos. Mom loves anywhere in the Caribbean. She was sad about the doggies that seemed to not have homes though.
Hope you had a great time, but I bet Ari is glad you are back.
Happy Easter!

Holly said...

Wow!! It's so beautiful!! You are very lucky to be visiting there and seeing so many cool places and beautiful things. Too bad you have to go home to winter again!


Emma the Golden Girl said...

and the Canine Kids said,
Gorgeous pictures. Our Mom is always talking about Dominica. It's one of her favorite places and she'd love to go back.

Gus and Louie said...

We love you pictures. Have a great time on the rest of your trip..

Happy Easter!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Southbay Girl said...

Kathryn, Looks wonderful but I know Ari would have enjoyed being there and meeting all the animals. Hope you have a safe trip back

Velcro and mom

Lorenza said...

Sure you had a very interesting trip!
those doggies sure are cute!
Kisses and hugs