Tag Archive for Haiti

Plant Pressing Party

Throughout the summer Bre and I have been collecting plant specimens from Bois Jolie and Morne Michel and pressing them at our house. This past week we began mounting these specimens and last night, after dinner, Bre and I got the last specimens glued down. They are now waiting to be labeled and sorted into… more →

Summer Chores

Each time my team has traveled to either Morne Michel or Bois Jolie the residents of these towns have helped us transport our provisions up and down the mountains via mules. Usually what happens is they meet us where our driver drops us off and we load our food and water for the next day… more →

A Different Breed

Since coming to Haiti I’ve been fascinated by the relationships that Haitians have with animals. I was raised, like many people in the United States, to think of the animals that I live with as friends, with feelings and desires just like me. This idea is so ingrained in me that I apply it not just… more →

Ants…

Effaizien Sorting Out Ants. Bois Jolie. 2015. [photo: Hunter Swenson] Scott Summer Holding Ant Collection Tubes. Bois Jolie, 2015. [photo: Hunter Swenson] In 1788 Haiti was responsible for half the worlds coffee supply. Yesterday at Bois Jolie, I spent the morning with the biodiversity team, one part of the Zamni Kafe team. It was extremely… more →

Running on Haiti Time

En route from Port-au-Prince to Cange. [Photo: Brooke Irvine] Time here is an abstract concept. It is tossed and blown by the storms that roll over the mountains every evening. It is made lazy by heat that settles over the hills during the day, like a quilt of sun colours. Because time here doesn’t operate… more →

Camera Magic

  Children playing in the evening, Bois Jolie, Haiti. May, 2015. [photo: Hunter Swenson] I used to think that there is magic in a camera. It took what I saw and reproduced it exactly. As I got older I learned the how of the camera and was shown it was not magic, but science. Thus… more →