03 August 2011

Sea grapes

      Wherever possible, as we cleared we left clusters of mature sea grapes, Coccoloba uvifera.  
     Sun rise over the Caribbean framed by sea grapes...

New growth isn't green.

       There is a whimsical quality to these clusters which are often not clusters at all but a single plant that has wandered.   A twisting branch's own weight will lower the branch to the ground where in time it will root and start upward once more, until the weight of the new growth sends it down to the ground again to root and shoot off in another direction.   When the lower branches are exposed by pruning the result is sculptural; and the 'cluster' makes a jungle gym for children...

or a great place to pitch a tent.

I have spent weeks under this sea grape.