Sunlit Grass

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

I just found out that it is ‘Roid Week and have decided that I will post all Polaroids in the Daily Botanical for the remainder of the week.

I took this photo on December 13, 2009, our third day in Dominica but our first in the little cottage we would stay in for the remainder of the trip. Come to think of it, that’s not entirely true. We stayed in a much, much smaller cottage below it the night I took this picture, a tiny room I dubbed “The Prison Cell” for the feelings of encasement and discomfort we felt in there.

After unpacking our bags for the umpteenth time, we took a walk further up the mountain to check out the neighbourhood and ended up at the top of Jack’s Walk, a popular tourist lookout point with a path that descends into the Botanical Garden below. Throughout our trip, while trudging up and down the mountain (sweat pouring down our faces and backs), we passed countless vans loaded up with cruise ship tourists on their way to the top to get the view of Roseau below.

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

Look up Dominica on Flickr, and 90% of the photos are of that view or the view in the opposite direction taken from the ship. Cruise ship tourists spend no more than 6 or so hours on the island, and few go beyond that quick jaunt up the mountain. Dominica is filled beyond capacity with treasures — those tourists have missed literally everything.

Here’s a great story by Paul Crask (author of the very best Dominica travel guide) that explains just how much there is to discover there.

I’m sorry I can’t tell you any botanical information about the grass in this photo — I haven’t a clue what it is other than pretty. The reason I chose this photo is because today is our 17th anniversary and I wanted to choose a photo that reminds me of Davin. When I look at this photo I remember that day and the joy-filled smile on Davin’s face, meeting the local Snackette owner and discovering bush rum, the mango we picked off the ground only minutes before, and our excited talk that a week in and we had already had so many adventures and yet our trip had only just begun. We still had weeks of free time remaining that we would spend together without schedules, obligations, or jobs to get to.

If you’d like to see more pictures from our trip (botanical and not), Davin has posted some of his film here and here. I still have a giant bag of undeveloped film and an equally giant bag of developed film that I have yet to scan. However, I try to make time to post here now and again.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Sunlit Grass

  1. Your photos from the trip are heartbreakingly lovely. I’m flipping through “low resolution” now and it’s hard to break away from it. Back to the real world, with me!

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

  2. Happy Anniversary! This sounds like it was a memorable trip, as in lots of happy memories. The photo of the grass is amazing really. Like that glow.

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