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Madagascar Expedition "06"

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An inside look at our rooms. Each bed has a mosquito net to be used if necessary.

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A beautiful chameleon sunning himself on a tree branch.

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I believe this to be, Barringtonia sp. It was in full bloom, growing near the salt water.

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Here I am with that exhusted, wet and hungry look.

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A pretty little understory Dypsis.

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This was one the highlights of todays walk. Our guide Sarafin, happen to spot this "Leaf Tail Gecko" resting down low on the tree trunk.

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A close up look. He was very cool to look at, and did'nt seem to mind the attention. he was the only one we would see on the trip.

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Another one of many understory Dypsis species that we saw.

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mike453

(Jeff Searle @ May 03 2007,21:47)

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A close up look. He was very cool to look at, and did'nt seem to mind the attention. he was the only one we would see on the trip.

Jeff,

that guy is pretty neat, looks just like a lichen growing on the side of the tree. No wonder you didn't see more of them.

                      Mike

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amazondk

Jeff,

Great pictures.  That is a place I have always wanted to go.  That was even before having any interest in palms.  I know very well how that wet, hungry, exahusted and thirsty state is in the forest.   Thanks for the journey,

dk

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Paintball Guy

WOW dad great pics I cant wait till I go there.....someday.....hint hint......wink* wink* lol :P

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Alan_Tampa

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Uroplatus fimbriatus (probably, maybe henkeli)

A great lizard and easy to care for after basic needs are met.

Alan

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bgl

Jeff,

wow, what an adventure! Great pictures, and some of those palms are really spectacular! Thanks for the thread!

Bo-Göran

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Alan_Tampa

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Furcifer pardalis

Where was this shot taken?

Alan

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Jeff Searle

To all,

     Thanks for all your nice feedback. I still have some great palm pics. in habitat, like D. ambositrae.

Alan,

    He was sunny himself on this tree branch within 10' from the ground. Near our campsite. We just happen to spot him. We are still on the Masoala peninsula.

Jeff

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BS Man about Palms

(Jeff Searle @ May 04 2007,19:19)

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We are still on the Masoala peninsula.

Jeff

Isn't time travel great?  :P

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As we continued our many hikes, we found some populations of what we thought was Dypsis pachyramea. These are small gorgeous understory palms, that at the time, only a few were in flower and very few ripe seed.

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paulgila

those understory dypsis are so COOL!thanks for the great pix,jeff!

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A nice specimen holding some ripe seeds.

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The last one, with a hand for scale. A real beautiful palm!

Thanks Paul, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Jeff

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www.dadluvsu.com

Wow...  words really wouldn't do this trip justice... thanks for sharing your photos with us!

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Kom Thai Palm

Jeff, that must be a great travelling. I really love your photos.

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paulgila

what does it cost to hire the guides?just curious...

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A look in the forest. This is probably one of the wettest areas in the world.

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After walking for several hours, we came upon this stream. At times, when the rainy season is at it's height, the water level would be much higher and it would be impossible to cross here. We ended up staying here for awhile and had our lunch.

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Here's our guide, Bill and myself.

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Pete enjoying the beauty all around.

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One last shot, and then it was back on the trail.

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The next day, we hired a couple of additional guides with this boat and left with our lunch for an all day hike further down the coast. We travel about 30 minutes or so and arrived at a small village, Antalavia. There, we started to hike up into the mountains for a different look at some new palms. It turned out to be a difficult climb because of the steep incline, narrow paths, and the usual roots and rocks. It basically kicked our butts!

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A very large fern growing.

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One of the first palms we saw was, Dypsis lastelliana.

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Another look.

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The final pic. of D. lastelliana.

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A large Dypsis crinita.

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A small crinita growing along the river, it's feet in the water.

During the hike, we also saw Dypsis forficifolia, D. hovomantsina, Ravenea dransfieldii and many other species that we were unsure about. There was not much in fruit at all. And due to the thick vegation, it was nearly impossible to take more pictures.

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elHoagie

Jeff, that Dypsis crinita looks like it has a single growing point.  EVERY D. fibrosa (or maybe they were D. crinita?) that I saw on Nosy Mangabe branched about 6-8M (20-30ft) above ground into two stems.

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Tyrone

Love the pics Jeff. When looking at the creek photos I was thinking "Where are the D crinita's", then next photo there they were. D lastelliana's in habitat is excellent too. Looking at your photo's, what I bought a little while ago as a "redneck" is lastelliana and not leptocheilos, confirming my thoughts.

Keep the pics coming. I'm totally enjoying it.

regards

Tyrone

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deezpalms

Great pics Jeffe!! please, please, please keep em' coming!!

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Jeff Searle

Sorry for this late delay,computer at house has been down.

 Here we are, back from Camp Tampolo, up at the hotel in Maroantsetra. Our good friend Julian has just arrived with some seed to sell us. Were all just trying to do a little relaxing after many days of hiking.

Jeff

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We are now back in Tana and this is our hotel that we always stay at. It's 3 star, and very clean, good rooms with ac and hot showers.

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