Beyond the gardens of the northeast there is a world of tropical flora and fauna. I recently traveled back to the island of Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean and again captured some of its beauty. Aruba is a 20 mile (33 kilometer) long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela. Mostly a dry desert island with an average rainfall of less than 20 inches per year Aruba's main flora consists of cacti, aloe and agave; however, many tropical plantings have been introduced to the island. The variation of colors and textures of these plants is so interesting that they are definitely worth sharing. Most are in full bloom throughout the year and are a welcome site to the avid gardener! You will also view some of the local fauna that by the way are not at all camera shy!