Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Eden Project in Cornwall - Part 2

This is inside the rainforest biome.  The atmosphere is just what you would expect, hot and very humid.  If you're not used to this kind of climate it can be very oppressive, and that's why you will find a small room that is totally air-conditioned, where I saw several people sitting within its confines, and I don't mean the house below....

but you will find this structure in the Rainforest Biome, which is in the center of my first photograph.  It is an authentic south-east Asian home and vegetable garden which provides year-round food, consisting of herbs and flowers, vegetables and fruit, as it would for a contemporary Malaysian home.  

I also read that home gardens like these provide its inhabitants with building materials, medicines and produce to barter or sell at local markets.

Once you get inside the biome you realize what an amazing construction it is.  There are enormous trees towering above and of course you are stepping into a totally foreign environments, with plants, flowers and trees from tropical islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and tropical South America.  There are also birds and lizards here.  I didn't get names of everything I saw, so most of my photos of these wonders are unidentified.  

I just couldn't stop staring in awe.

That is our nephew staring over one of the elevated walkways.  We are very high up at this point.

I am not sure the walkway below is accessible to the general public.  To be perfectly frank I wouldn't attempt it but it would have a great view down below.

I think Gregg might be looking at the photos he took on his cell phone.

There was so much to take photographs of.

Here are a few photos of our family.

We saw these very interesting birds running around.

and we even spotted this handsome lizard.  Both birds and lizards do a good job at keeping the insect population down.

If you have difficulty seeing the short video below, you can access it here.  Nothing too fancy, just the little guy trying to get as far away from me as he possibly can.

This is some kind of palm tree which, like many others, towered over us.

I loved the huge leaves on some of these exotic plants.

I did make a note of this one, the sign next to it said it is called a Roxburg Fig....

and they had opened one for display purposes.

I will have pictures of flowers from the biome in the next post, and  because there are a few fences in this one, I am linking to Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Theresa's Good Fences.

In case you would like to see my first post I have added the link below.

The Eden Project, Cornwall, England

Part 1 - Part 2