Flora Jaunts And Jots
What follows are some examples of the flora we encountered on our expedition. Like all such plant-life we have encountered it is not a gross exaggeration of the gods’ possibilities, but further examples of their creative potential.
These examples stem from a sub-tropical biome we encountered upon going ashore. The examples were all confined to a small ravine at the center of the island fed by a sulphur spring. The resulting colors and formations were reminiscent of both fungi and ferns, though the flora seems to upon initial inspection be part of the palm family. That would technically make them grasses.
The little time we had meant my examinations were confined to cursory views, these sketches and a few samples are all I had time to collect while the crew refreshed our water supplies. I tried my best to map the locations of the individual specimens to better understand their relationship to one another but I seem to have misplaced that upon returning to the ship.
I initially wanted to sample some of the parts of the samples I had collected but as the ships cook rightly pointed out, none of the plants seemed to have been eaten by any animals of size or note. For that matter, and given the small size of the island this may be irrelevant, but there was no fauna to speak of in the that ravine. Being as isolated as it is any animals having a fear of humans would be odd.
It leaves me with more to contemplate as I finish my sketches.
Today’s art is courtesy of Raphaëlle Deslandes from Montreal, Canada.