By Jennifer Possley
We are one woman short for a few days, as Hillary takes it easy, recovering from a bout of stomach problems. This blog is for you, Hillary, to show you what you missed today!
This morning, I went with Dr. Hong Liu to Huangjing Cave, to collect demographic data on orchids in more of Hong's study plots. We were accompanied by a Yachang Orchid Preserve ranger named Mr. Li, and an Institute of Botany student named Wuying Lin. This was my favorite study site, I think. They're all beautiful, but Huangjing seems especially diverse, and the vista is incredible. We finished the field work early, and we were able to squeeze in a little sightseeting at the end, when we visited Chuan Dong geologic site, a network of large caves connected by trails. Here are a few pictures, below.
Hillary, continue to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids, so we can resume our China botanizing!
Last week, I posted a photo of this passionvine at Huangjing Cave. Today, it's flowering!
These common-yet-inconsipcuous aroids are scattered throughout the Huangjing Cave site. It seems they have suddenly sent up infloresences. They're so cute, and remind me of the Chihuly "seal pups" that Fairchild used to have in our Rainforest.
On the way to Chuan Dong, Hong took this photo.
At Chuan Dong, the mineral deposts on the cave walls were really pretty!
One of the most interesting (and bizarre) plant displays I've seen: Inside the largest cave, glass jars full of preserved plant specimens collected on site are displayed on lighted glass shelves.
What a beautiful butterfly Hong photographed (after patiently waiting for it to hold still).
As we were leaving, I used a magic amulet to thwart cave monsters that were pursuing us. Well, not really. Hong took a picture of me taking a picture of the cave.