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In the dry forest this little ET appeared, poked its nose out to see why we were making so much noise, it is a small nocturnal lemur

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One of the nicest lemurs in madagascar

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In a remote corner, four baobabs. A variety that will be extinct because they are the last four! A parrot used to eat their seeds and by going through its stomach, they were abble to germinate. That variety of parrot is extinct! Scientists have tried to germinate the seeds without succes for the moment.

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bruno

ON THE WAY TO THE BAOBABS, THIS TREE WAS FLOWERING DIRECTLY FROM THE TRUNK.

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A few raphias close by. Their leaves are used for making a cloth called rabanne. And this area produces the best quality.

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bruno

After this short stay, up we go, north. Plenty of mismarckias again, millions.

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BS Man about Palms

I am never disappointed by Bruno's posts.. :D:greenthumb:

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OldNed

I gotta stop looking at your great photos Bruno...can't afford another trip to Madagascar!

Some bird ID's:

155- Common Squacco Heron & Black Heron/Black Egret (Both common names are used).

156-Madagascar Fish Eagle...probably the rarest raptor in the world. In the same genus as the Bald Eagle

157- White-faced Duck...Knob-billed Duck...Black Heron

Here's how the Black Heron gets lunch. It's called Canopy Feeding. Fish and other little critters seek shelter in the shadow and are grabbed-up.

It's cool to see 20 or so of these guys all feeding like that at the same time.

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Tyrone

I really want to go to Madagascar. Some of those shots along the west coast with all the sand dunes near the ocean reminds me of the west coast of Australia.

Best regards

Tyrone

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Kris

Dear Bruno :)

Thanks for posting such a beautiful photo tour.And i have rated few photos that blew me off my foot.Its really a paradise for plants lovers.....:drool: And Baobabs are my favorite trees too,And seeing them in their natural habitat was a dream come true...

Once again thanks & lots of love to you,

kris :)

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bruno

On the road again... a huge mangrove

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Close to the objective, this the entrance to the town of Ambanja which produces coffe and one of the best chocolate.

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Finally at destination a big hotel with no charme and no clients, we were the only ones, but the view looking at the islands of Nosy Be and Nosy Komba wer magnificent

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The hotel seen from a distance with d. madagascariensis

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bruno

At high tide in the afternoon it looked quite different

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MattyB

I'm really enjoying everytime you post Bruno. Thank you.

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bruno

A few weeks before we arrived, there a forest was here. The owner said there were too many mosquitoes, so he cut down the place leaving the palms. The palms had plenty of seedlings at their feet and now the zebus, my personal enemy (although their meat is delicious) can reach them and eat them. So in a few years, not a palm will be left on that private land, which belongs to the owner of the hotel.

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A souvenir of WW 2.

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An alien occupant of the hotel: a turtle from seychelles that can live up to 150 years old and weigh 100kg.

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bruno

This is not an alien here. His forest has been cut down, and he his really mad at me going by.

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He is just a visitor, like me

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In a sixty some rooms hotel, this is how the linen was cleaned! The lady had a coconut shell burning slowly close to her so that she was not devoured by mosquitoes. It seemed to work.

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bruno

There were a few baobab on the beach! This was a beautiful one.

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It was the beginning of the flame trees season(delonix regia)

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bruno

Maybe the baobab is not a baobab but another sort of tree.

I'll end up with a few flowers that had survived deforestaion:

all three come from vines

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THE END....

I am going to Sainte Marie island for christmas wit my children. I have posted so many images from there that you can look them up on my page I suppose. Thanks for all your comments. And thaks to all those who post on other topics.

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BS Man about Palms

Thank YOU Bruno and have a wonderful Christmas!!

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DoomsDave

Bruno:

Great pictures!

We are of course, screaming for more!

More Madagascar . . . . (Mongo LIKE Madagascar picture!)

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Gtlevine

Great photos of Dypsis Mad. Looks like Footsy needs a bath.

Gary

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DoomsDave

I need a bath . . .

In pictures of Madagascar.

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Tyrone

Thanks Bruno for the pictures.

Why is it, that if their is a problem with the land (eg mosquitoes) people tend to blame the forest and the trees and cut them down?????? I could rant and rave, but it seems to me here in Oz that it's the older generation that hate trees for some reason. If a tree is taller than 10ft tall it's a "monster" and must be tamed or cut down. Even here in Oz in the farms of the SW which is facing major salinity problems, you see farmers felling the last bit of forest on their property. They just don't get it. They want to clear everything higher than 40cm and turn their land in barren dead salty ground. I think this is happening worldwide including Madagascar. :(

Best regards

Tyrone

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Kim

Bump -- this thread has so many awesome photos! I just enjoyed it all over again. :)

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DoomsDave

tHANKS FOR BUMPING

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Alicante

great thread!!

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Danilopez89

That was cool... I've never seen Madagascar like this. I love the bismarkia forests.

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Alicehunter2000

Yes...just went through the whole thing again.

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colin Peters

Saw this for the first time. Beautiful, thank you, would make a great book.

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jardinierpalmiertrat

thanks you for this topic, Madagascar is a very beautiful island. :winkie:

the photo of the bismarckia's forest is a dream.

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