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Mt. Kanlaon: The Language of Its Faunas and Floras

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Mushy Room 😉

Plants and animals are also a language, even in our reduced, domesticated English, where children grow like weeds or come out smelling like roses, the market made up of bulls and bears, politics of hawks and doves. Like cards, flora and fauna could be read again and again, not only alone but in combination, in the endlessly shifting combinations of a nature that tells its own stories and colors ours, a nature we are losing without knowing even the extent of that loss.

—Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost


Parents want to grow their daughters like daisies: beautiful, pinkish,  fragile-looking but hopefully not fragile.


My favorite flower is cogon. It rides the wind, elegant, flimsy-looking, wild.

Colors: A violent and yellow in the green

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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Awesome…
    So many spring pictures 🙂
    I think the forth pic (the one titled “Colors: A violent and yellow in the green “) is the most interesting one…

  2. Sony Fugaban says:

    I can’t find the one that looks exactly like “The Pearls of the Orient Seas” — the name I gave for the subject plant!

  3. Sony Fugaban says:

    That one I found on the link is stunning. I hope that’s new a new species too.

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