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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:50 pm 
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I didn't come to Scotland looking for trees, but couldn't help noticing some spectacular specimens here around Dunkeld in Perthshire.

The first one is called the Birnum Oak, and is said to be tha last remaining tree from the famous Birnum Wood described in Shakespeare's Macbeth - thought to be 5-600 years old.

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Not far away is what is billed as the tallest tree in UK - a 65 metre Douglas Fir. Couldn't get a picture of this but there were many similarly tall ones close by, including this one split into three parallel trunks

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So there is hope for Lamma Forest - the essential ingredient seems to be Time.

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Continuing the tree blog - this time from Hawaii - the University of Hawaii at Manoa has a campus which - like most of Hawaii - is full of attractive flowering trees including imported species from all over the world. Here are a few I managed to snap.

The spectacular "rainbow shower" is Honolulu's "Official tree" (I'm not sure what exactly it's oficial duties are). This is a Cassia hybrid between the yellow and pink-and-white species, giving a cross strain which flowers profusely and doesn't have any seed pods.

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Also common around Honolulu are banyan trees - the same species as the Chinese banyans growing around Hong Kong (Ficus microcarpa) but they look slightly different. One of the best known has rooted stems around the stalls in the International Market Place in Waikiki

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One of the most unusual trees on the UH campus is an import from Africa called the "Dead Rat Tree" - this is a giant baobab

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Its name comes from the fruits hanging down, which from a distance look like dead rats.

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All over the island are flowers - the favorite for girls to wear in the hair is the Hibiscus, and there are strains of all colous and sizes growing around the city

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sorry, but can't see any pics.

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Sorry, c,
It took me a little while (1 day) to size, crop, sharpen and "improve" Zep's new photos.
They're online now - he's really a fine nature photographer!

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Continuing the Treeblog - this time from Kew Gardens - a great place to be on the occasions when summer days are actually sunny in London.

Here are one or two interesting patterns from the cactus and succulent house:

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Erm, those don't look much like trees to me??


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<img src="http://www.lamma.com.hk/forum/images/e-zine/25/Tree-London-Plane-bb.jpg" border=1 align=left hspace=10>Sorry, no, they are not trees, but "treeblog" runs off the tongue slightly more easily than "treecactusandsucculentblog." Anyway, here are another couple of trees - the first one - the London Plane Tree - is so typical of London that it is hard to believe that it is of foreign origin - it is actually a hybrid of a south-eastern European and North American species. It became London's most successful street tree because it survived the polluted air so well.<HR>









<img src="http://www.lamma.com.hk/forum/images/e-zine/25/Tree-Southern-Beech-bb.jpg" border=1 align=left hspace=10>Come to think of it, some of these tree pics don't really do justice to the trees, because there is no indication of the scale. The massive trunk of the plane tree above in Kew Gardens, for example, is quite stunning in reality, but this doesn't show very well in the photo. Next time I'll try to remember to include some figures or other indications of scale, like in the Southern beech from Chile on the right - also snapped in Kew Gardens. The people below it give at least some idea of how impressive it is.


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 Post subject: Trees from Brisbane
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One or two more interesting trees and plants - this time from Brisbane in Australia.

This Agave from Madagascar has an unexpectedly broad base. A few are in the botanical gardens

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There are some Yuccas here too - from Mexico. Attractive but can't set seed because of the absence of Mexican Yucca moths, the only species that can pollinate them.

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This Australian baobab is in a square in the city centre

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 Post subject: More English trees...
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A couple of pics from a crisp English spring. Most of the trees are still bare in April, like this beech up in Northumberland.

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But there are some spectacular flowering trees growing in many of the cities. This cherry is in London's Hyde Park

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And this Magnolia (grandis) is at York

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Wherever Grand Canyon is

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Alexanku's two pics titled "tree at Grand Canyon" can safely be assumed to be at the Grand Canyon. How about the previous landscapes?


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Oh yes, beautiful trees. I like trees very much. My favourite and big Christmas trees with lots of tinsel on them and a beautiful angel on the top.


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The cacti are very upright. In California they would be much more laid back. It can't be Mexico, or there'd be a guy with a big hat and a blanket sleeping underneath. It hardly looks like Jamaica, so it must be Sarth Efrika.


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Nope, sorry, try again. 50-50 or ask the audience?


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Tour photos remind me of my trip through Southern California, long ago, from LA to Phoenix, travelling over the state border into Arizona.

I'll say California! What did I win?

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Nope it's Mexico.
The blue trash can has got an "immigration denied" stamp on it.

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It certainly looks like the arid regions of Mexico or California, but actually it's in the Caribbean, on the island of Curacao. Not your usual idea of a Caribbean landscape - tropical forest behind palm-fringed beaches, but Curacao is unusually dry. It is unusual in a number of ways, for example being politically part of the Netherlands although it lies just off the coast of Venezuela, hence the buidlings look a bit like Amsterdam, but with Toytown colours, like these along the waterfront in the capital Willemstad:

<img src="http://www.compunicate.com/Lamma/33/Tree-Blog/Willemstad-bb.jpg" border=1>

The favorite tree lining the streets here is this orange flowering tree, but nobody could tell me its name:

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The people are largely of African (slave) descent, even if they have been subjected to heavy Dutch influence as a colony, but they speak a creolised variety of Spanish, Papiamentu.

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As promised, "wiederfuhren" the treeblog. One from the still winter landcape of Germany (Giessen, Hessen). It's already April, but it's still very cold over there.


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