|Vanilla flower - an orchid - in greenhouse|
on Tahaa, French Polynesia.
|Vanilla greenhouse, Tahaa, French Polynesia.|
|Hand pollination is required for this vanilla crop.|
|Closer view of vanilla hand pollination process.|
|Vanilla beans ripening, slowly at a Tahaa French Polynesian organic vanilla farm.|
|Ripe vanilla beans at a Taha'a French Polynesian organic vanilla farm.|
The vanilla didn't like the rain any better than I did, Due to all the rain in this year's "dry season" current vanilla production is down 50% as compared to a good production year.
|It takes three months for ripe vanilla beans to dry.|
|Drying vanilla beans are hand straightened.|
|Nice POG )power of God) light from the mooring field|
outside Hibiscus, Haamene Bay, Taha'a, French Polynesia.
We're on our way to Tonga with a stop in American Samoa and potentially Cook's Suwarrow on the way. This is one of several catch-up blog posts to set to run while we're on passag, to American Samoa. This post is a recent retrospective from our stop on July 14-16, 2015 on Tahaa (S16.38.713 W151.7.404). We tied off to a mooring ball outside Hibiscus as Tahaa's Hamene Bay is very deep or far too shallow for anchoring. The mooring ball was free though I paid a steep $30 for a round trip ride in the pouring rain from Hibiscus to the vanilla farm 7 km away.