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October 27, 2014

Not Raining In The Rainforest, But Very Steamy…

Filed under: Cornwall,ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,South Coast,The Eden Project — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the biggest biomes at the Eden Project in Cornwell, England,  is the Rainforest Biome.

Containing many tropical rainforest plants from around the world, the biome uses the topography of the old china clay quarry it stands in to best effect because from the outside it looks quite small but once inside it stretches up and up.

At every turn there are surprises: waterfalls and streams, a huge hot air balloon stands inside,there is densely forested  rainforest vegetation, we round one corner to discover an aerial walkway (beyond my capabilities on crutches and the kids and Himself chickened out because of the height).

The temperature inside is sweltering, we are quickly peeling off layers as we go, but luckily later on. just when the humidity is really kicking in and tiring us out, we discover a little  temperature relief  “hut” that is a cool room where visitors can take a break from the heat and humidity in a room that’s considerably cooler.All around the paths are information boards that give information about the plants, here we can see how coffee is grown, and cocoa, bananas, cassava, peanuts, cashews, rubber trees and palms for palm oil. There are plant selections representing the Malaysian rainforest, complete with buildings, and different plants that are found in the African rainforest, and the South American ones. There are typical local houses made from bamboo or wood, all designed to give an idea of how people in these areas of the world live and work. We learn about  Colombia’s secret energy bar: Panela and we see more colourful flowers than we knew existed…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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1 Comment »

  1. lovely photos – and what does that panella taste like?

    Comment by kiwiskan — October 27, 2014 @ 2:48 am | Reply


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