The Busy-ness of Spring
By Jane A. Lyons
Vice-president, Las Gralarias Foundation
Springtime quickly becomes summertime at Reserva Las Gralarias as our days lengthen (about 30 minutes longer), and the sun all of a sudden appears in the far north. Yes, even on the equator the seasons are noticeably different (although not nearly as dramatic as in the higher latitudes), and in spring everyone and everything seems to burst into busy-ness, including Reserva Las Gralarias!
March - May 2016: Thanks to Ray So, we now have about 90 species of orchids documented at RLG, photographed and identified at least to genus. He and colleague Kwan Wong even found 15 species of orchid on one single log! Thanks go to Tim and Kathy Krynak for hauling two volumes of Native Ecuadorian Orchids to the reserve which has helped immensely in identification. Ray has found some stunningly beautiful species--we thought we'd share a few!