Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Oropéndola photos on Flickr | Flickr

Oropéndola photos on Flickr | Flickr

The Flame tree flowers make such a glorious splash of color in the rain forest, and we saw them on both Trinidad and Tobago. This particular tree was photographed on 14 March 2017, our second day on the island of Tobago.

"The flame tree, also known as the royal poinciana or flamboyant, is a member of the bean family (Leguminosae) and Is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful tropical trees in the world. This aptly named tree produces striking flame-like scarlet and yellow flowers in spring before the leaves emerge. The woody, fern-like leaves are composed of small single leaflets, which fold up at the onset of dusk. Turn reddish-brown to almost black when ripe. " From Arkive.

"The Immortelle was also known to early cocoa planters as" mother of cocoa ", or Mother of the Cocoa, because Trinidad and Tobago's very fine cocoa thrives especially in the shade of the Immortelle trees. The tree is obviously a good host to epiphytes, which grows liberally on its upper branches, and to the Crested Oropendola, which builds their long hanging Nests in the canopy. " From the Asa Wright Nature Center website.

We were taken to the Main Ridge Forest Reserve via the Roxborough-Parlatuvier Rd. This is the oldest rainforest reserve in the western hemisphere, set in 1776 under British rule. Our guide was Gladwyn James, whose father, Adolphus James, is a renowned ornithologist on the island. Sadly, he is now retired. One of the roads we drove along was named "James Path" after his father - I have a photo of Gladwyn standing by the road sign, that I will post another day.

Oropéndola photos on Flickr | Flickr

This adventure was only the second holiday (or was it actually my third?) Of any kind, anywhere, that I had in something like 30 or 35 years! The other holiday was a wonderful, one-week holiday with my great friends from England, Linda and Tony, when we went down south to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons in September 2012. I have maybe half a dozen weekends away, including To Waterton National Park, which have helped keep me going, not to mention all sorts of birding and botany day trips.

Six birding / photographer friends and I decided that we would take this exciting trip together, spending the first two or three days on the island of Tobago and then the rest of the time at the Asa Wright Nature Center on The nearby, larger island of Trinidad. We decided to take a complete package, so everything was included - flights (we were very lucky to get Black Friday prices, which were 50% off!), Accommodation at both places, all our food, and the various walks and day trips That we could chose from Two of my friends, Anne B. and Brenda, saw all the planning of flights and accommodations, which was very much appreciated by the rest of us. I could never have done all this myself!

What a time we had, seeing so many beautiful things - and, of course, everything was a lifer for me. Some of these friends had visited Costa Rica before, so were familiar with quite a few of the birds. There was a lot more to see on Trinidad - we were there longer - so we were glad that we chose Tobago to visit first and then spend a longer time at Asa Wright. It was wonderful to be right by the sea, though, at the Blue Waters Inn on the island of Tobago.

I still miss the great food that was provided every single day at Asa Wright and the Rum Punch that appeared each evening. I never drink at all, so I was not sure if I would even try the Punch - glad I did, though, it was delicious and refreshing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all served buffet-style, with a huge variety of dishes from which to choose. To me, pure luxury. So very, very grateful to have been invited to be part of this amazing adventure.

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