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Flowers in the rain 2

Sunday, November 12, 2006 | 1 comment

The previous part of this blog entry can be read in Flowers in the rain 1.

A large yellow flower close-up with a few more in the background.
A large yellow flower close-up with a few more in the background.

Esme and I continued our walk. We both looked out for more flowers and other objects covered with tiny water drops, which was in a way easy thanks to the slow drizzle and fog.

White flower with raindrops.
White flower with raindrops.

We saw a lot of the nice big yellow flowers, and plenty of the trumpet shaped flowers of the Purple or Common Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea) a plant that's native to Mexico. Most were covered in tiny raindrops, excellent for taking amazing pictures.

Ipomoea purpurea variety with raindrops.
Ipomoea purpurea variety with raindrops.

Suddenly I spotted to the left of the road we were following a big, hairy caterpillar, it's hairs holding many tiny water drops. I made a nice close-up photo of the hairy animal.

Hairy caterpillar covered with tiny water drops.
Hairy caterpillar covered with tiny water drops.

We crossed the main road, and passed what looked like a central bus stop, since there were several busses parked. We now had left the buildings of the town of Tlalnelhuayocan behind us. To our right we could see a valley surrounded by hills. There was quite some fog, so the view was not very good, but it was still very beautiful.

Several large yellow flowers.
Several large yellow flowers.

To the left of the road was a very big plant growing with many of the large yellow flowers I like. Esme had to help me by bending the plant down a bit so I could take a few close-up photos of the flowers. In the above photo you can see how the fog partially hides a tree.

Green leaves.
Green leaves.

After I had taken several photos, Esme let go of the plant, and we continued our walk which was despite the wet weather excellent. It was not to warm nor to cold.

Close-up of a Ipomoea purpurea flower with water drops.
Close-up of a Ipomoea purpurea flower with water drops.

Esme had never visited this place before, and nor had I. It's quite close to Xalapa, so we decided to put it on our list of places to visit again when we had not much time. It's a short bus trip, and a nice place to walk.

Local bus.
Local bus.

Now and then we had to move to the side of the road because a bus was passing us. This happened very often, and I said to Esme, that if we would be to tired to walk back to Tlalnelhuayocan we could always take a bus back.

Close-up of a Ipomoea purpurea flower with water drops.
Close-up of a Ipomoea purpurea flower with water drops.

After some more walking we saw houses again, it looked like we were arriving at a small town. Esme and I decided to look for a bus back to Xalapa in this town instead of walking back to Tlalnelhuayocan.

Close-up of a cow.
Close-up of a cow.

When we entered the town, I noted a small stand to our left were a little girl was selling pieces of cucumber and small bags with popcorn. Esme likes popcorn a lot, and I wanted to eat some cucumber, so Esme asked the girl for one bag of cucumber (which comes with chile powder, and some lemon juice), and a bag of popcorn.

Little girl adding chile to popcorn.
Little girl adding chile to popcorn.

Esme asked the little girl the name of the town, which turned out to be "Espina Blanca" (White Thorn). We walked further into the town. In a garden to our right I noticed several orchids growing in a tree. I took a photo of a beautiful purple orchid flower.

Purple orchid flower.
Purple orchid flower.

After some more walking, we reached a bus stop, and had to wait a little for a bus back to Xalapa. When we got off the bus, Esme asked if I wanted to eat seafood, since she knew an excellent restaurant nearby named La Palma. We got for starters a spicey crab soup (chilpachole de cangrejo). For the main course, Esme had fish filet with chipotle, and I had a sea food salad. Both where excellent.

A cup of spicey crab soup (chilpachole de cangrejo).
A cup of spicey crab soup (chilpachole de cangrejo).

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