We have now begun the hot season in earnest, and I put on hold planting more trees : they'd just die. We have been lucky to have air breezes lately, but still, the heat is a bit overwhelming.
One of the reasons I plant trees in Bangkok, is that trees and plants do help a great deal to reduce temperatures. I experienced it last WE, while trekking the deep deep forest of the south (Khao Luang National Park), where temperatures where easily 5 to 10 degrees lower than in the village ! We were also blessed with rain, and while is not easy or comfortable to walk on steep slipery slopes when wet, I was quite happy to finally feel COLD !
If you are bored of the usual 2hrs boring touristic trek, and want to feel the real thing, sleep in the forest, try out some new paths, learn about trees and plants, it's time to go on a trip with P Gan
I cant resist posting a few pictures of real pristine rain forest, and some amazing trees, hoping we can have such beautiful trees one day in Bangkok streets...
The forest is so fresh under the trees canopy !
Rain forest at its best
Huge healthy trees. How different from Bangkok street trees !
Trees are a vital support for other plants : vines, orchids, ferns...
The large number of trees in the forest attracts rain and water. Streams and rivers dry quickly if all trees have been cut. Here, we can drink clean water from the streams wherever we go, even in the heart of the hot season.
Good to see trees rejuvenated with rain and air humidity
Of course, I could not go in the forest without picking up a few seeds for Bangkok !
Flying seeds (right = Dipterocarpus sp.)
I picked up about a kilogram of different seeds in these 3 days. The fresh and soft ones have been crushed in my bag. I'm not sure whether I can germinate them all, and some of them could be from vines. We will see :)
Of course, I did not take any tree from the national park. But I sure took a few saplings from the village when we got back :D
They joined the other trees in my improvised nursery, waiting for the raining season just as eagerly as I am...