As many of you know, as part of our ‘down time’ we went on a 6 hour strength hike, of 10km through the mountains. It was quite hard, however the 4 waterfalls, monkeys and many orchids were a good reward.
For anyone who didn’t believe an orchid could be taller than Jacob, here is a photo of the biggest Eulophia horsfallii we found in Nyungwe with Tom, Jacob, Maisha and Georgia. The largest leaves are six feet long and the flower spikes are nine feet tall with some growing still to do.
Now that we have all completed the strength trail (10km of steep up and down in wonderful ancient forest) I must thank my brilliant adult team. Sophie and Amy have been fantastic. This photo shows them with our guide Everest. Apparently unaware of the suspicious strangler fig above their heads. Prizes for the best suggestion of what happened next.
Today’s planned strength trail walk has been delayed until tomorrow due to a lack of guides and so today has been all about completing project work and analysing research data.
This photo shows Tom, Georgia, Maisha and Jacob preparing their report, Effective Capacity Building in Rwanda, for entry into the National Science and Engineering competition (With support from Amy).
Ike and Devin have been selecting and sending photos to our partner schools and Zoe and Heather have cleaned up the lab (despite never winning ‘Young Cleaner of the Year’
Eulophia horsfallii is a true monster amongst orchids. This week we have seen several colonies of plants in Kamiranzovu swamp as well as a few plants along the roadside. Although July is not the main flowering period there are plenty of flowers about and the flower spikes are taller than Jacob.