There have been several birding occasions in the tropics when we came upon cultivated banana groves. The plants tower five and ten feet above us and the broad leaves provide cooling shade from the searing sun. Usually the guide is in a hurry to get through the grove and into the forest, to show us a bird. But I love to stop for a second and look up, and see the green banana bunches hanging above my head.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander