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The area of Greater Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula in the south of Ukraine is conveniently fenced off from the cold winter weather by the Crimean Mountain Range. The climate in Yalta changes rapidly as you descend from the mountains and becomes Subtropical Mediterranean as you get closer to the sea. Palms have been cultivated in Yalta since the early 19th Century.

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sarasota alex

99.9% of street palms in Yalta are Trachycarpus fortunei with some occasional "wagnerianus" varieties. The remaining 0.1% is Chamaerops humilis such as this one (taken from a moving vehicle so the quality is not that good):

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Private landscaping includes a more diverse variety. Here are some photos from a nursery in the village of Gurzuf (a suburb of Yalta):

Jubaea

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A couple of Washingtonias and a Butia in the background

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Brahea armata

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sarasota alex

A reminder of the Soviet past - a statue of Lenin in the heart of Yalta

Summer view

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Winter view

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sarasota alex

Nikitsky Botanical Garden was established in 1812. Soon after it was established Chamaerops humilis and Sabal minor were planted there. Trachycarpus fortunei appeared in the collection in 1860. Around 1950 Trachycarpus martianus was also planted. It wasn't until late in the 20th Century when additional palm species started to appear in the garden.

Jubaea chilensis and Chamaerops humilis

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Jubaea grove

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Phoenix canariensis

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Trachycarpus fortunei

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Sabal minor

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sarasota alex

Some of the more cold-sensitive species

Livistona chinensis

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Phoenix dactylifera

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sarasota alex

Butia eriospatha and Butia odorata

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Trachycarpus fortunei var. wagnerianus

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Chamaerops humilis (with some Washingtonias in the background)

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Another Chamaerops

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People visiting the garden

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Yours truly

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Miccles

That is really fantastic - thank you so much for sharing these pictures of a place you would never associate normally with palms. I really enjoyed seeing these. :)

Hope you enjoyed yourself there !

Regards

Michael

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sarasota alex

Michael I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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Patricia-CR

Amazing! Who would have thought. Thanks for such nice photos.

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sarasota alex

My pleasure Patricia!

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Some pictures of Yalta during some unusually cold days in the early January 2002.

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Taken from one of the upper neighborhoods in below photo you can witness the climate change and the disappearance of the snow cover from the mountains down to the sea edge.

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View of the mountains

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A view of Ai-Petri, the tallest mountain in the Crimean Mountain range

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The highest waterfall in Ukraine - Uchan-Su. Yalta doesn't get a lot of rainfall, so this waterfall is normally weak and even completely dormant during the dry season. As the snow began to melt after a couple of cold days, I was able to photograph it as it reached it's potential. Uchan-Su means "flying water" in Crimean Tatar language. The waterfall was originally discovered by the Ancient Greeks who called it Kremasto Nero - "hanging water".

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Vorontsov Palace in the village of Alupka, built in the early 19th Century. Winston Churchill stayed here during the 1945 Yalta conference. These pictures were taken during the same cold snap in 2002 as the previous couple of sets, but as can be seen from the pictures Alupka is one of the warmer Yalta neighborhoods.

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paulgila

what a beautiful region! thanks for the pix,alex!

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sarasota alex

Thanks Paul!

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More of Yalta

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sarasota alex

Another Lenin view

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Swallow's Nest castle built on the edge of a cliff a 100 years ago

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A view from the castle (I don't remember if that's where I actually shot this picture from though)

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Trachycarpus fortunei in Gurzuf

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Maxim

Большой почет фотографу за красивые снимки.

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sarasota alex

Thanks Maxim!

Спасибо Максим!

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limoncik

Thanks Alex! Very beautiful photo!

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sarasota alex

I wanted to add a quick comment here. And I hope Dean forgives me for going off-topic.

Despite of what some political leaders may claim or whatever military action may unfortunately take place, one thing will never change:

Yalta and all of Crimea is and will always be a part of Ukraine!!!

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sur4z

Alex-Very interesting thread...thanks for sharing-Peter

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jfrye01@live.com

Very beautiful countryside, palms, and architecture...thanks for sharing! One wouldn't much associate palms with Ukraine or any part of Eastern Europe really, but here they are! Simply beautiful!

-Jacob in Kansas, USA, zone 6/7

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