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The tsingy are limestone formations which were under the sea some million years ago. They came up and have been eroded by rains. You will see how spectacular that can be.

We first got in through that crack in the small tsingy. Impossible to go there in summer, water up to 1.5 meter floods the area!tsingy.jpgve us the rock formation is about 30M.

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Now on top

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MattyB

Great pics Bruno, thanks for sharing. :)

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bruno

A pachypodium growing on those rocks. It found a crack to send roots...

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like this one:

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John in Andalucia

Your photos are always a treat, Bruno. Don't worry about the double posting!

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DoomsDave

I'm SWOONING!!!!...

OW! MY HEAD!

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DoomsDave

bRUNE!

Ahem!

Post all you can. Double. Triple. We're all agog.

Show us EVERYTHING. Madagascan street scenes in the cities, towns and villages. Dances. Romances. People in trances . . . .

Mundane, everyday is beautiful, with palms is better, but, well, sometimes okay without.

Show us more more more.

And!

More!

P.S. Glad to see you feel safe enough to go afield. I recall there was unrest a while back. What's up with that, if you don't mind telling us?

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Alicehunter2000

Enjoyable, very enjoyable......Madagascar is always interesting for obvious reasons but for me it is always a treat to research some of these species to see if they might actually make it here in N. Florida. Since Bizmarkia is marginal, I figure some of the other plants might be as well. Thanks Bruno.

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bruno

A small bridge to go over a 30 m hole..

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and a palm for those who were starving to see one.

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And an incredible looking flower on a vine.

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bruno

More natural sculptures

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Kim

Enjoying all the photos, even the duplicates! :)

I just received this month's National Geographic Magazine, major article on Madagascar. Lots of photos, some astonishingly beautiful, and some absolutely heartbreaking. You are in the middle of it all, Bruno, it's a thrill to read your first-hand travel accounts. Don't stop!

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MattyB

Don't stop Bruno, we can scroll past the dupliates and the moderators can clean it up later. None of us mind. It's like smelling the manure while watching the most beautiful sunset ever. Does anyone really mind the cows? :hmm:

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Walter John

Fantastic Bruno thanks for posting, I didn't realise that the Baobobs got so big, what a plant :drool:

Were all those bizzies you saw the green form ?

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fiji jim

Thanks again Bruno,

Your images are fantastic and double or triple is OK with me.

Are those Baobab the Adonsonia digitata ?

More please,

Jim

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bruno

Well, if you don't mind having all those duplicates, let's post more... Dean will come back from vacation soon I hope. These must take up a lot of digital space.

Mod Edit: If you guys think I read and see every post within hours of posting, you should give it a try. :) But a quick "Report" will alert me right away if things need to be taken care of.

more sculptures...?

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and how about those natural gargoyles.

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stone drapes

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bruno

We were in the "small tsingy" there. Here is how we get into the "large tsingy". A narrow space and a long ladder down.

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Once inside, this is the way it looks like, and 40 to 60 meters of rocks above us. Like in the small ones, this is full of water in summer, up to 1.5m.

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bruno

A passage down under. I would have been happier with gloves because the edges of rocks were really sharp. I did not want to fall when going above one of them. And we did just that for four hours. But what an experience!

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from a distance, this is what they look like. There are 180 000 ha of them and we visited a really tiny part of it. The rest is still totally wild, unexplored yet. It is very difficult terrain.

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bruno

No one had ever heard of the tsingy some years back! No one really ... except of course the people living nearby, but there are no villages close by. So it was totally unknown.

Here is flower in this rock universe, on a vine.

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bruno

Why should I put the pic of a small hole? Here's the story. Snakes look for shelter. Ants have built this one... for snakes! It get in, gets fed and protected by the ants all winter season. Comes the heat, thesnake wants to go out, it is now too big to get out through the small hole. And gets eaten. Is there a moral to this story?

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bruno

I wonder how this one came there.

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bruno

Last one in the tsingy. Then we go towards the coast and superb waters.

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PalmatierMeg

Bruno, what a fantastic place. Thanks for the tour.

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Walter John

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Gbarce

That was a great tour!

I've only seen the Tsingy in an episode of "Departures" a travel show that is featured on the Natural Geographic Adventure Channel (two young Canadians who decide to stop working and jsut travel around the world). There are suppose to be a diverse array of Lemurs near the area too.

The rock formations are really eerie and savagely beautiful.

I hope they protect the area for and FROM the tourists

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BS Man about Palms

AMAZING!!

Thank you again Bruno!!! :)

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bruno

I forgot to say that when one takes a piece of those rocks and hits the formations they ring like bells, with different sounds. Very nice.

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ariscott

Wow... it must feel very claustrophobic in between those rocks... I couldn't even imagine how it would look in real life.. Thanks Bruno.

BTW, what kind of ants would eat snake?? How big is the snake?

Regards, Ari :)

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bruno

This place where we are all talking together about palms and travel is really fantastic. Do you realize from how many places in the world posts are made? Fiji, Costa Rica, Usa, Madagascar, brazil, Australia, Philipines, Scotland... Incredible.

For Dave from SC I'll post a few "scenes".

A "sculpture" in the kirindy forest:

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Children amazed at my dog being in a car! Kim has seen that kind of scene, and Gary.

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bruno

Guides playing dominoes. This is I think, the favourite pastime of the malagasy men...

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The first restaurant we ate at. Called "the square of aces". Is that how you say four aces at poker?

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Gtlevine

Glad you made it out of the tsingy without falling, that rock looks nasty. Look forward to more photos.

Gary

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mike in kurtistown

Nice series of pics from a remarkable place. Thanks, Bruno.

I wonder if a baobab would grow in east Hawaii?

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bruno

Street scene

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I liked the sign of this restaurant. I saw the twins, (because "jumeaux" is twins in french) owners of the place. I have tw twin boys of 18.

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bruno

For Mike: I think the variety adansonia grandidierii would grow in Hawaï. They have their feet in water on the photos!

A proud dad in Belo sur tsiribihina

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no more credit until further notice!!!!

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bruno

I hope you don't mind if this is too long? I still have plenty of photos to go.

Next to the man and child was this extravagant bar.

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Still going back on the ferry, we saw one croc.

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lots of people plant rice on the shores of the river. Will be collected before the water rises.

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bruno

The road does not look so bad there, but so much dust;

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bruno

Back at the hotel of morondava, this bougainvillae was in front of my bedroom.

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view over the area. The sea is in my back about 300m away.

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This part of the trip was done by boat. We were told the road was bad. The driver went with a guide and arrived before we did! in Belo sur mer.

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bruno

Leaving the protection of the laguna.

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On the way out, meeting a two sails "boutre"

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We reached that small basic but really nice hotel 3 h later

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bruno

The dining room, the pic just above is the living room...

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A bungalow with a euphorbia stenoclada making some shade

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