Field of Science

Tropical interlude

Yesterday was cold, today is colder, and tomorrow will be bitter cold; enough already.  Unfortunately as TPP ages, he finds he's more sensitive, or less tolerant, of cold than he used to be, even for a tropical botanist.  The best therapy is a visit to our glasshouse to breath in humid air and smell organic smells. It is very comforting, and there are two nicely placed "lawn" chairs for just the purpose of tropical therapy. 
This episode of very cold weather, the 2nd this month, may help people understand that this is winter, and it's when fronts push down from Saskatchewan in the great white north bringing in that imported Arctic weather, and while the last such front pushed down strongly and deeply, the so-called polar vortex, this event is not unusual nor atypical, but a regular, cyclical event here in the mid-continent.  As a consequence, the only relief that can be offered is to cheerfully attempt to improve your attitude with a nice, idyllic tropical scene from southern hemisphere so you will know that it looks exactly like this right now.  Note the crowds of snow-birds, the commercialized over-development, the evidences of modern e-connected life.  Oh, yes!  See how much easier it is to deal with the cold now!  Hmmm.  There must be a research project that needs doing there right now.  Turn off the internet and pack the field gear! 


Laurent said...

Are these olive trees or tamaris on the left?

The Phytophactor said...

What an eye! Those be Casuarina.

Laurent said...

The most troubling thing that should ease location ID is the fact that the sea is not deep and stays so for quite a distance.

Casuarina is no help in ID (grown too many places in the world). I suspect the other Coniferous sp that we see on the picture belong to an Araucaria sp. They seem growing in the wild.

Rocks might help too, but I'm no geologist at all. Sand is not volcanic, suggesting something of a mainland or big island.

Other flora suggest a dry area. That may thus be around Mexico gulf or something. Or the Greater Caribbean? Hard to say.

Laurent said...

Well re-read the text. If these are Araucaria trees here and there, and the place is connected and Southern Hemiphere, then this might be Australia.

At least I tried... :-)

The Phytophactor said...

And we have a winner, or close enough. Laurent reasoned things out quite well. The scene is on Magnetic Is in northern Queensland, a not particularly largish island, but certainly formerly connected to the mainland. The sea in view is looking outward toward the Great Barrier Reef quite a few km in the distance. And quite correct about the Araucaria. Left the koala out of the picture as it was too big of a clue.