Spain

Sabal Palm

The Sabal Palm, Sabal palmetto, also variously known as the Cabbage Palm and the Swamp Cabbage, is native to the subtropical coast of the USA, Cuba, the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Bahamas....
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Spain

Ficus benghalensis

Ficus benghalensis, generally known as the Indian Banyan, is a tree native to the Indian subcontinent and is one of the largest trees in the world in terms of canopy coverage. This one, however, is not in India, but Spain, and is not big at all....
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Trees

A couple of interesting oddities

This particular Baobab tree, Adansonia digitata, at Lamin Lodge in Kambo North, The Gambia, is known locally as the Elephant Tree, for obvious reasons. It really does look like the head of an elephant. Nearby, another Baobab tree has become known as the Internet Tree after some enterprising locals decided to use the tree as an advertising medium for...
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Trees

The Strangler Fig

The Strangler Fig is the general name given to a number of tropical and sub-tropical plants which basically ‘strangle’ the host tree during their growth, often killing it in the process. Seeds end up in the crevices of a tree, often dropped by birds, and the Strangler Fig begins to grow, its roots heading downward and the rest heading...
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Animals

Two wet and windy outings

The weather has been variable with lots of wind and rain so not ideal for outings or photos.  I did go to Bix, near Henley and watched the Red Kites soaring overhead and occasionally skimming the grass or landing in the fields.  Buzzards were also soaring high, being chased away by crows.  At the nature reserve itself, I did...
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