Thanks to my mother who is quite a gardener, I have picked up a fascination with flora and fauna, and wherever I travel, I take note of what is similar and different from my native Washington, D.C. In Nagaland--literally on the other side of the globe--it has been fascinating to observe foliage. The stark, subtropical mountains of Kohima remind me of areas of Oaxaca, Mexico, which also has a similar climate of a rainy season and a very dry season. We are up higher here than in most parts of Oaxaca--so there are differences, but there are still abundant chiles, poinsettias growing wild, and the occasional banana tree or sugar cane (just to remind you that we are near the tropics:)
|Poinsettias grow EVERYWHERE.|
We are here during the winter, the dry season. So less is blooming. But here are some shots of the foliage. I am also including some shots from the market to give you a sense of the local produce.
|Dzukou - a valley sitting on top of 8000 ft. mountains. In the summer, it if full of wild flowers.|
|These mountains resemble the highlands of Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico.|
|Nagas boil and eat these beautiful leaves.|
|Nagas eat their food HOT.|
|Rhodedendum - in the mountains near Kohima, sits the largest Rohdedendrum in the world.|