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Fried Bananas

Only once during my stay in Brazil did I eat bonafide fried bananas. They were fabulous, and in life bore no resemblance to my own, the foliage of which greeted me after my 20-hour plane trip home.

This humiliated specimen is right outside my living room window, begging me to cut it back to the ground. photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

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photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR

Certainly this dried and dessicated visage is nothing new; it's what happens to banana foliage here in Z8 if you don't wrap it. They once offered a banana-wrapping class at Portland's Classical Chinese Garden (guess who didn't attend); when it's done well, it is indeed art.

I prefer au naturale, but only because I'm tres lazay.

So let's contrast and compare, shall we? Above, what I came home to, and below, what I left behind.

From the ground up (on an average, @90 feet), the Brazilian Amazon is simply, irrepressibly, green. It's also hell to photograph without filters. photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

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I've got lots of stories and great shots I do intend to post, and soon — any day now — but I'm also trying to crank out the Morning Edition radio story from the Amazon, which cramps my blog time. Speaking of which, you guys have also been pretty quiet of late; is everyone en vacance?

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