Tuesday, March 07, 2017


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The road is winding, with views of low dropping cliffs to dare you look down, only because the bus window is turned up. Adventure seeking is not for timid in spirit, certainly a prayer of the heart helps one along. The bus driver is able and safety takes us along the way to the reserve. A cradle in the loving arms of the Northern Range, is The Asa Wright Nature Center, a non profit Trust established in 1967. It protects and conserves wild life in that part of the Arima Valley and surrounding rainforest.

On our trek, with a skilled guide; birds making strange sounds, turn our heads skyward, only to see a canopy of tree branches. We swoon at stories of the strength of 'Monkey vine' and myth of 'Hot Lips' and yield to caution of 'the wait awhile', an unassuming yet dangerous little palm all; all the while, soaking in the odor of Eucalyptus Trees. A day of (森林浴) or literally, forest bathing.

red cat tails -
the drizzle glistens your
broad umbrella leaves
© gillena cox 2017

Blog hopping today with

Haibun Monday – Taking a Forest Bath – Say What????


Mosaic Monday # 30 - changing seasons


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Blogger indybev said...

Thank you for taking us along, although that bus ride sounds a bit perilous! Your trip through the forest was wonderfully descriptive. Thank you

11:51 AM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Thanks for dropping in Bev

Much love...

12:13 PM  
Blogger Frank Hubeny said...

I imagine the canopy was very thick. Was it very dark below? I've been in forests with a rather thick canopy but wildflowers (Trillium, if I recall) were able to survive in the shade.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

A wonderful tour through the Northern Range with pretty souvenir postcards to remember it all, parfait!
Thanks for sharing the ride with us at Mosaic Monday this week.

12:29 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Dark enough to trek through without stumbling

Thanks for your appreciation Frank

Much love...

1:59 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Thanks for your appreciation Maggie

Much love...

1:59 PM  
Blogger brudberg said...

A rain forest is so different for me, who think of spruce and pine when i think forest. Love the haiku....

3:20 PM  
Blogger tonispencer said...

Lovely haibun. It must be quite an adventure traveling through a rain forest. The haiku at the end sums it all up nicely.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Mick E Talbot said...

My haiku comment

a walk in the wild
bathed in eucalyptus scent
a virtual tour
strange birds calling out
dark canopy obscures
floral wonders grow
senses peaking
soaking up the forest dream
nature all around
everlasting spring
hark summer disagreeing
autumn leaves take flight
for the inspiration
and your haibun too


3:48 PM  
Blogger Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I would love that tour!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

As always, your descriptions are vivid. It sounds wonderful!

4:54 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Thanks for your appreciation Björn

Much love...

6:11 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Thanks for your appreciation Toni

Much love...

6:14 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Thank you for your appreciation Mick

Much love...

6:24 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Happy you dropped in Sallie

Much love...

6:25 PM  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Happy you dropped in Sherry
Much love ...

6:26 PM  
Blogger Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Aren't we lucky to have these protected rainforests and marine parks throughout the world,
It's encouraging to know our grandchildren will have these special places to visit in the future.
Beautiful photos - thank you Gillian.

1:26 AM  
Blogger Poppy said...

Sounds mystical and magnificent, a renewal of sorts. Thanks for sharing your words and pics. Wishing you a lovely Thursday.


5:19 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Shane

much love...

3:26 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thank you for stopping by Poppy

much love...

3:26 PM  

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