where once our ancestors
trod with such ease
The trek into the forest with our guide Joel proved to be every bit interesting and informative; we step carefully, staying on the path, avoiding the the dense rooted areas of balisier and other heliconias, for there in the snakes lurk.
As luck would have it we were able to spot, humming birds, the white bearded manikin also refered to as the 'forest no good', responded to the guide's finger clicking and appeared low in the trees, looking like round balls of white cotton; the golden headed manikin also refered to as the 'forest Michael Jackson', (the male so dubbed for their courtship dance); the collared trogan, and we were enthralled into silence, to see the bearded bell bird after hearing his compelling resounding thunk thunk thunk sound. We even got a display of his fanning white tail feathers
A bit of the history informs, the original house built circa 1908 known as Spring Hill Estate was a privately owned cocoa, citrus, and coffee estate. Loaded with ephiphytes a tangerine tree, aged at more than 70 years still stands rooted
as this trail, wends its way,
we make 'a walk back in time' our footsteps trod portions of the formerly and originally first 'Arima Main Road'
This is Part 4 - mini series 'Poetry Picnic - Asa Wright Nature Center'
... ends tomorrow
Linking today to Outdoor Wednesday
Labels: Arima, Asa Wright Nature Center, book club, Caribbean, ginko, Haibun, haiku, Poetry, Trinidad and Tobago