Exotic vegetation is probably not what comes to most people’s minds when Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, is mentioned. What I imagined was the sheer height of this massive mountain rising above the plains in isolation. I had seen its cold, snowy summit before, way above the clouds, through the windows of airplanes. That was the symbol of the tallest mountain in Africa to me. It was a nice surprise, then, to encounter such a beautiful variety of radiant blooms and vegetation. So here’s a little bit on Mount Kilimanjaro plants.
My mother turned me on to plants early in my life. For a while she worked in a flower shop and I would sometimes join her there as a small child. To this day I remember the sweet smell of the large red and white carnations for sale. Now and again she would also design and plant exotic gardens which caused me tremendous admiration. How did she manage to put together those plants in ways that were so harmonious? My mother’s artistic sensibility thoroughly enriched my life. So I thought much about her during those long and grueling days of uphill hiking as I ran into all these species of intriguing and charming plants. My hiking buddies got used to my saying “Oh, I must take a picture of this for my mother.” So, Mommy, these are for you.
To see my full collection of photos of Mount Kilimanjaro’s plants you can visit my site on Flickr:
Bye for now!