Friday, August 1, 2014

The Isle of Flowers


It's actually an understatement to describe Martinique as beautiful, it's like calling New York kind of big. This southern Caribbean island stunned me from the first glimpse outside my plane window. The mountains are sweeping, the water a crystalline turquoise and then there are the flowers. The original inhabitants of the region, the Arawak Indians, called the island Madinina, or island of  flowers.  Blooms dot the landscape everywhere and Martinque is especially noted for nearly 100 orchid varieties. Unfortunately, orchid season on the island is March and April but I was treated to a variety of exotic flowers during a visit to Balata Botanical Garden.

This flower comes in red and pink and is called Porcelain rose. It's a popular export flower because it lasts for weeks.


I thought these long stemmed blossoms looked like flamingos peeking out of the greenery.


These striking blooms reminded me of golden dandelions. Of course, they're taller and more elegant with rolling hills as a backdrop.


The cone shape of these flowers recalls pineapples, which also grow on the island. Another nickname for Martinique is Pays des Revenants or Land to Which One Returns. As you can gather from just these pix, it's not the sort of place that you want to leave..

9 comments:

Andrew said...

What gorgeous imaegs, Rosalind. Waiting for more...

Indrani said...

Very colorful! What a place to visit!

Fly Girl said...

Andrew, thanks so much!
Indrani, it's an unforgettable destination.

Catherine said...

beautiful flowers - would love to visit - did you enjoy the French culture of the place as well??

Fly Girl said...

Catherine,
The French culture was very interesting in Martinique. They follow certain French customs (lots of champagne!) but use Caribbean culture for others I'll definitely be posting about this.

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful!

Fly Girl said...

Tex, this is only the tip of the iceberg!

Sandy Carlson said...

You go places I can only dream of. Thanks for sharing your travels here.

Fly Girl said...

Sandy, your beach side home is dreamy as well!