La Ceiba

I am now safely back home in Wisconsin’s wintry grasp *RIP sunny, warm weather😢* But before I let today’s unwelcome snowstorm get me down, I thought I might share a few more pictures from my time in Mexico.

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While visiting the cenotes, I spotted this Ceiba pentranda tree. Being a total plant nerd, I had to get a picture with it, which coincidentally also happened to show off my abs I have been slaving over for the last year and a half 😉

As we learned from our tour guide, Ceiba trees were considered sacred by the Mayan. They took note of the hollow trunk and believed that the gods used them as a bridge between the underworld, Earth, and sky. Because of this, the Mayan would always have a Ceiba tree planted at the sacred cenotes.

Here are a few more photos from my trip to the cenotes.

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In the open air cenote, there were many waterlilies. This is the view looking up to the surface of the water.

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It really felt like swimming in paradise.

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And my personal favorite find, Clitoria ternatea. As you may be thinking, the genus derives its name from a certain female body part. This is a double flowering variety so the namesake isn’t quite as obvious as the straight species. But as a horticulturist, I had to get a shot, and of course giggle as everyone in my group wondered why I was getting so intimate with this flower 😁

 

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