Recently, I discovered an article that taught me something about a historical phenomenon so far unknown to me: the adventurous orchid hunting.
The aims of orchid hunters were to find undiscovered orchids and other beautiful flowers in remote areas so to be able to claim first discovery and the right to name those.
Northern Cameroon may probably count to such areas. As I found out, Africa has incredibly beautiful things to offer: During my year in Ngaoubela I made it a habit to go for walks in the wilderness of the savanna almost every day, preferably in the early morning before sunrise, frequently going to a beautiful viewpoint where the landscape could be seen best. Walking through the savanna this way, I was regularly surprised with the beauty of wild flowers. At different times of the year various plants have their time of blossoming, so there is always a surprise for alien visitors living there for some time. I would like to present a small selection of those marvels. Most are not orchids, yet their exotic beauty is no less fascinating.
|This one looks like it is carnivorous.|
|A Pineapple blossoming.|
|A wild orchid.|
Note that all of those flowers grow naturally. Unlike gardeners in other parts of the world, people do not need to seed them or invest effort in planting them, they are all in their original natural environment.