Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Guatemala Eternal Spring #3

While it was Winter in the Gardens at Waters East, I flew off and worked as a volunteer in Guatemala for two months while enjoying the country often referred to as “The Land of Eternal Spring”.

private garden in Santiago
blooms only for the day - then dies off

It is a beautiful place, something always blooming everyday of the year.  This will be a four-part series sharing with you – a fellow plant lover – a few of the many sites on this “working” trip.  No doubt I was able to help in the lives of the people I worked with, but make no mistake, I too was nourished by them and the beauties of this wonderful land.

gardens at my cottage - Lake Atitlan

Though this series is mainly about the flowers of Guatemala, I did post some other photos.  In addition to the many flowers discovered while on walks, in private gardens, along the back roads, and in nature preserves, there are photos from the Mayan archaeological ruins of Iximche where I spent a day exploring, and photos of some of the people and places where I spent the days in Guatemala.  This will help place the flower photos in the “context” of this beautiful land.

enjoy visiting
The Land of Eternal Spring

 private garden in Santiago 

 fishing people - early morning Lake Atitlan
off the shore of my cottage

 rags stuffed between the boards
to keep the boats afloat 

 Mayan ruins at Iximche

 private garden in Santiago

 more of the Mayan ruins at Iximche

 gardens at my cottage at Lake Atitilan

 private garden in Santiago

 Sunday market - Santiago

 private garden in Santiago

 private garden in Santiago

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.


  1. What a gorgeous photos of your trip to Guatemala!
    Beautiful flowers and amazing photos of the Mayan archaeological ruins, the Lake Atitlan and so on!
    Thanks for sharing, Jack!

  2. Wonderful photos from a wonderful trip.