Episode #57 – “World of Wonders” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Corpse Flower
Whale Shark

Here we are again to talk about another book I adore, Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s enchanting World of Wonders.

Part memoir, part nature odyssey, it’s a delightful concoction of whimsy and fascination.

From axolotls to whale sharks to corpse flowers and everything in between, her prose paints vivid pictures of our world’s treasures.

Have you ever smelled a corpse flower? Smiled back at an axolotl? Saw a whale shark?

Share your remarkable encounters and join us in celebrating the wonders of our world.

Feel inspired? Pen a nature tale in the comments section below.

Always remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

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Martha
Martha
7 months ago

Patricia- the Mexico National Autonomous university has an adopt an axolotis fund raiser going on-Adoptaxolotl

Shirley Hanson
Shirley Hanson
8 months ago

We rounded the southern tip of Trinidad and headed for the Delta of the Orinoco River in Venezuela.  We were under full sail and our 50 ft English Catamaran was doing about 8 knots. We had talked to plenty of cruisers who recommended the first anchorage as Pelican Island on the Macareo River, one of the channels of the Orinoco. The water of the Caribbean Sea was blue green and clear as we made our way south. Ahead we saw what appeared to be a line. It was a muddy line in the sea that we were fast approaching. The water was turning a silty… Read more »

Etya Krichmar
8 months ago
Reply to  Shirley Hanson

Wow! What a cool story! I would have loved to see all these red Ibises.

Shirley Hanson
Shirley Hanson
7 months ago
Reply to  Etya Krichmar

Thank you! This was the beginning of quite a tale. A few days later we took three Warao Indians and their 9 children upriver to their camp in the jungle dragging their boats behind us. Once there, we followed them for about a mile and a half through marsh walking on a series of connected tree trunks. Once in the camp they cut down several Mauritius palm trees so that we could experience fresh heart of palm. Two weeks later, sixty miles up the River, our boat was boarded and alarms sounded that someone was trying to steal our dinghy.

Etya Krichmar
7 months ago
Reply to  Shirley Hanson

Wow! What I life! The word adventure does not even describe it. Thanks for sharing!

Etya Krichmar
8 months ago

Patricia, here are two pictures of a cactus flower that stinks just as bad as the Corpse flower. The last picture is of me feeding stingrays in the Cayman Islands. It was the most fantastic experience with an animal I had. I wrote a story about it to one of your prompts, but I do not remember the file’s name. If I find it, I will post it here. Maybe you remember?

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Jerri Fenton
8 months ago

Looks like an intriguing book. Love illustrations.

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