Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Loveliest Path/Stairway in Chacala

In response to Gardening Gone Wild (GGW), a blog I just started reading yesterday, I am posting photos of a staircase in Chacala. The suggestion from GGW is to post garden "path" photos during the month of November. For purposes of this Post, I am thinking of staircases as paths with abrupt changes in elevation. I don't know if that concept will fly with the GGW people or not.The stone wall on the uphill side of the staircase is covered with "Flame Vine", Pyrostegia Venusta". It blossoms for about three months a year.This staircase starts at the Malecon in Chacala. The Malecon is a four wide dirt walkway that skirts the ocean between the two beaches in Chacala. Shots the oceanfront in front of the staircase.
The staircase rises to Mirador, a small (6 unit) family-owned rental place at the top of the small bluff.
Isreal, the owner, has planted this pryrostegria vine on the rock wall above the stairs.
He and his his three handsome sons (Hector, below) built the wall and staircase. One rock and one bucket of hand-mixed cement. I love it.
This photo was taken prior to the Flame vine taking over the staircase.

2 comments:

Nan Ondra said...

You get a gold star for being the very first post for the Garden Bloggers' Design Workshop! You're welcome to interpret "path" any way you wish. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. Seeing all of that color and abundance is certainly a treat on this dreary Pennsylvania day. I'll be sure to add a link to your posts in the GBDW kick-off post at Gardening Gone Wild on November 1.

Pam/Digging said...

Wow, that's a beautiful setting, and I love the simple paths that don't distract from the amazing views.