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The picture of the mountain is taken from a nice "bed and breakfast" facing it.

A few steps into the mountain I had the surprise of having this beautiful flower in front of me. A climber

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and then a grass

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bruno

Very beautiful place with such strange plants!

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we had the impressio of looking at corrals under the sea

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joe_OC

Bruno,

Fantastic photo journal of your trip. How often do you take these sorts of treks?

Joe

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bruno

Joe, I had not been out of Antananarivo for over a year

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bruno

this pachypodium has chosen a rather hard place to live!

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Last few picks...

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The only cactus of Madagascar, it is epiphytic!

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Last view of that place

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bruno

On the road again, up north. Stop in Fianarantsoa, by a tea plantation.

A very special and personnal hotel. Worth a detour, except for the cold in july!

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I had to sleep in that bungalow, it was the last one available.

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the door was nicely carved though! The room was so small up in the tree! Fun, but reserved for younger people.

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The garden was also some place worth the visit. Visibly, the owners are passionate.

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How do you like the shade houses for orchids?

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bruno

LAST PICTURE, the tea plantation.

I hope you enjoyed the trip.

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paulgila

amazing! :drool:

its all i can say!

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Tyrone

Bruno, thankyou for an amazing photo tour. I've enjoyed it so much. :D

Best regards

Tyrone

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BS Man about Palms

Bruno!!

THANK YOU!! :D

:greenthumb: :greenthumb: :greenthumb:

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amazondk

Thanks again for the trip Bruno.

dk

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Kim

Outstanding photos of your trip, Bruno, they make me long for Madagascar. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.

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bruno

Sorry it's over!There so much to see still here.

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Al in Kona

Bruno, I can only repeat what everyone else has said and that is, thank you very much for this thread on your recent trip to the western part of Madagascar. I enjoyed it immensely. I hated to see it all come to an end.

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bruno

Thank you all for your nice comments.

I have seen Kim pictures come back up front. Our two topics are very different yet, two aspects of this country. There are so many more.

You know, I have myself a lot of pleasure taking those pics, because I know i will show them to you!

My children are not interested a bit, my friends don't give a damn about palms, so, long live palmtalk or its members.

This west coast trip is still in my mind, so much beauty, but also so much cold at night, and such horrible roads.

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Tyrone

Thank you all for your nice comments.

I have seen Kim pictures come back up front. Our two topics are very different yet, two aspects of this country. There are so many more.

You know, I have myself a lot of pleasure taking those pics, because I know i will show them to you!

My children are not interested a bit, my friends don't give a damn about palms, so, long live palmtalk or its members.

This west coast trip is still in my mind, so much beauty, but also so much cold at night, and such horrible roads.

We're always very happy to look at your Madagascar pics. I know from my experience your pictures have helped me shape an idea of the place in my mind. Keep taking pics and posting them Bruno. :)

Best regards

Tyrone

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sur4z

Bruno- Thank you...Thank you...for the photos...better than National Geographic, Discovery Channel...I have a friend who just got back from Madagascar 2 days ago and he told me of botanical garden he visited that has every palm that is indigenous to the area...are you familiar with the garden?

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Yes I have been to the botanical of Tana several times but there are only a few palm varieties there, compared the quantities growing! Joro just told me there are now 196 endemic palms here. So many different climates, it would be impossible to grow all of them here.

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BS Man about Palms

196 !!!!

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DoomsDave

Whoa!

Love that tea plantation!

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Walter John

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Is this heaven?

It's Andrigitra.

Andrigitra? I could have sworn this was heaven.

Is there a heaven?

Oh yeah. It's the place where dreams come true.

Maybe this is heaven.

Thanks Bruno, magical place, magical pics.

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bruno

I cannot resist showing you one more pic! this young ravenea sambiranensis growing among amaryllis in my garden today.

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BS Man about Palms

Great contrast Bruno!

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TWO months later I had the opportunity to go out of Tanaand went still to the west coast but up north. To a place I had been when I was 16 and never been back. A very remote and wild place that i remembered beautiful.

So, on the road again, 200km from the capital, near desert because of burning

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It's grass all over and in the depressions, some vegetation left. JD talks about those in palms of Madagascar.

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A few miles beyond burning in action. So many of the last depressions with native vegetation going up in smoke

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Up to the horizon in front of me back, left, right... burnt

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those baby d. madagascariensis seem to have escaped total destruction!

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The country was burning on all 800km of the trip. Friends telle me it's the same on the east coast, and going south, same.

Here is a village with no trees, no vegetation; nearly all of them are like that!

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In that same village, all women go fetch water at the river in the valley

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Walter John

Devastating and cruel, are two of the kinder words that come to mind.

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BS Man about Palms

Sad Bruno, but Thank you for any pictures you show.

Is all the burning intentional, and if yes, why?

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bruno

Intentional fires For the damn zebus! Grass is supposedly greener after a fire.In fact it is but every year there less left until it is barren land.

I'll show nicer pics tonight, don't worry. Mad island still has lots to show, too far to be destroyed, until...

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Fortunately, after a five hour drive we arrive at the ankarafantsika reserve. Very hot, around 40°C. Hard to sleep. But the next day after a walk in the dry forest (it had not rained for the past 6 months) we go towards the lake.

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Funny boat to take us around.

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And off we go. Birdwatchers are really happy here.

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One of the 12 eagles left in Madagascar!!

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bruno

Wrong pic! sorry. Above is a Black heron, you have noticed.

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Plenty of varieties of ducks this a "canard à bosse" with a hump on the beak, and quite a few crocs under the leaves...

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BS Man about Palms

Bruno- please do not worry about any errors..that can be straightened out later... but when you post the pictures, it is great!!!

Thanks!

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MattyB

Thanks Bruno!

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Alan_Tampa

Bruno, you make me want to start planning my return to Madagascar! I have yet to see the west and north sides and have to get back there soon.

Alan

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