Hiding amongst the other trees and often overlooked for the butterflies is the ethereal Ceiba tree. The spiked tree is a staple in South American countries, including Mexico, and transported my mind back to Mayan culture. During the summer of 2016, I traveled to Merida, Mexico where I interacted with the local Mayan people and learned the significance of the Ceiba tree. The Mayans believe the Ceiba tree is the naturalistic bridge between the underworld and the heavens, and that it is the center of the earth. Western culture relies more heavily on science and fact, so it was nice to be able to appreciate the spiritual aspect of other cultures.