Aug 17,2010
with Fall 2011 update

Hog Pen Project

August 10, 2010
Siganid Harvest

August 9, 2010
70th Birthday Party

July 29, 2010
Chicken Coop

June 2, 2010
Milkfish Harvest

April 19, 2010
In Memory of James

February 25, 2010
Spider on a Stick

February 13, 2010
2nd Danggit harvest

February 11, 2010
Arrive Manila

January 24, 2010
Feast of Sto.Nino

January 8, 2010
Okeechobee Gourd

December 23,2009
Merry Christmas

November 18, 2009
First Full Harvest of Fish

September 29, 2009
First Harvest Cleaner Fish

September 25, 2009
Birthday Party

August 22, 2009
Construction Completed

May 25, 2009
Fish Pen Construction

July 4, 2008
Living in the Philippines

June 16, 2008
First Impressions

Story of Stormy
Stormy the Manatee


VIDEOS  &    Gallery
(below)

Typhoon
Ferry Crash

Voyage to the Philippines
Two Neat Travelog Videos

Manila in the 30's
3 Videos give Great
Historical Perspective

Transport Philippine Style
2 Videos are Fun to Watch

See Also:
Scared of the Ilaga
Climbing Mt.Apo
Inquirer-Philippine & World News
Live in the Philippines
The Rooster Crows at 4am
Philippine Photo Guide  [Samar]
Flat Rate Shipping to the Philippines
Flat Rate Money Transfers to the Philippines
EysPOD Magic
Paradise On The Gulf


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James Reports January 8, 2010                                                                      

The Okeechobee Gourd


The Okeechobee Gourd - Click to see this very rare plant in flower


In late 2002 or 2003 I became involved with Wildlife Trust -- first as a volunteer then as a part time employee then finally full time. My job consisted of tracking sick and injured manatees around the state of Florida. My work carried me from Jacksonville (NE Fla) to Crystal River just below the Suwanee River on the west coast of Fla. south to the Everglades back to Key Largo in the northern Keys and back up the east coast to Jacksonville. Most of my 60 plus hours each week was spent on the water. During this time I had the oportunity to see one of the most endangered species of plants on earth--The Okeechobee Gourd. I have seen the plants thrive then almost disappear again. The gourd was declared extinct in the late 1800's and re-discovered in the 1940's -- Today there are a few plants on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee and also a few along the upper reaches of The St. John River. I am one of the few people that knows where to find the gourd growing wild along the banks of the river. I have seen them go to a high of about 22 plants to a low of only 7 plants. The cold weather this winter is likely to reduce the numbers again. The picture is an almost full grown gourd. Be sure to view this beautiful plant in flower.