Fujian Flora & Fauna

I took an impromptu hike up a farmers’/tea growers’ trail near our tolou. It’s amazing how many paths you can find winding through the mountains; turn a corner on the road, and it’s likely that you’ll see a set of stairs hacked into dirt. There are no fences or signs to demarcate private areas; it looks like you can walk where you please as long as you don’t disturb anyone’s crops.

I walked up and up and up, first past terraced farms of cabbage and mustard greens and turnips, then up to terraces of tea plants …

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… and then up to a bamboo forest! I was so excited to be walking in a bamboo forest in China!

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By the time I was up that high, all of the noises of town had vanished. And the town itself was just a tiny dot in the distance.

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It’s not common to see flowers in this part of China, though those that I found were largely familiar. I recognized cosmos and zinnias, magnolias and bougainvilleas. I’m always excited to see azaleas (that’s the Baltimorean in me):

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Some people line their walls with masses of these orange flowers, which grow on a vine:

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I also found tiny irises …

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… and what I think was a small cherry tree in bloom:

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There were a few mystery flowers, like this red one that grew on a large bush…

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… and this purple flower that had been planted along many of the roadsides:

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We did not see a lot in the way of wild fauna (I did see a few new birds, but I don’t know enough about the species of China to be able to identify them). But there are ducks in the rivers …

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… and every family seems to have chickens walking around somewhere.

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The tulou in which we stayed had a very cute, very skittish little kitten:

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And I found many dogs with whom to make friends:

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