Tuesdays of Texture : Week 5 of 2017

Kariba, Zimbabwe

Baobab tree at Kariba, Zimbabwe

For Narami’s challenge this week I am going back to Zimbabwe to show you these amazing Baobab trees, beautiful and strange trees which can be seen in the drier parts of Africa.   It is also known as the ‘Tree of Life’ as it absorbs and stores water in it’s fibrous bark, and then it produces fruit in the dry season, when everything around it is dried up.   The tree above is probably 500 years old, as the baobab can live up to 5,000 years!

Here is a photo of a ‘younger tree’, with it’s leaves – still interesting even though it’s not as weather beaten as the older one.

Kariba, Zimbabwe

Baobab tree in Kariba

And another older one!

Kariba, Zimbabwe

Old baobab

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Wordless Wednesday : Health and Safety?

Tree Cutting is a dangerous job

Tree cutter at work

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge; Things that are Rough

Kapok Tree

The Kapok tree is a tropical tree, found in Central and South America, and also in parts of Southern Africa, and is also known as Java Cotton.   The tree has a very rough spiny bark, as you can see, and can grown to about 200 feet high.   The tree produces seed pods, from which Kapok fibre is taken, and this is useful for filling mattresses, upholstery and soft toys, even though the tree itself doesn’t look too cuddly!

Linked to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Wordless Wednesday : Fiery Flamboyants

Flamboyant trees in full bloom

Flamboyant trees in full bloom

Wordless Wednesday : Looking Down from Above

Castle on the Hill

Castle on the Hill

Cee’s Which Way Challenge : Week 36

Every week Cee has a number of challenges to test our photographic skills, and I have just the picture for this one!

This week we visited the village of Castletownshend in West Cork, the village mainly comprises of one long street, with a stately home at one end, running down a steep narrow hill to a castle at the other end, overlooking the bay.  Nothing very unusual there, I hear you say, but wait… half way down the steep hill are two sycamore trees, smack bang in the middle of the road, and there have been two trees in this exact spot since the 1800s.

So, if you are driving at speed down this road, watch out, as you will have to ‘proceed with caution’ and make your way around the roundabout that has been on this road, many many years before roundabouts were even invented!

Castletownshend and it's trees

Castletownshend and it’s trees

Linked to Cee’s Challenge

A Peaceful Garden of Remembrance

A month or so ago, near Kinsale, we came across this Garden of Remembrance to the 343 Firefighters that lost their lives in 9/11 in New York.  The Garden was started by a lady called Kathleen Murphy, who worked as a nurse for over 30 years in New York City,  When she retired and returned to Ireland, she decided to create, on her own land,  a garden in memory of these brave firemen.2015-05-31 12.57.57

A tree was planted in the Garden for every one of the firemen who died, along with their chaplain, Fr.Michael Judge, who was a personal friend of Kathleen Murphy.    Each tree has a name of one of the firemen on it, and when you walk in through the gates, you immediately get a sense of the peace and stillness of the place.

Walking through the garden of remembrance

Walking through the garden of remembrance

When we visited, the grass under the trees was covered in little white daisies, like a carpet to walk on.   The garden overlooks part of Kinsale farmland with the town in the distance.    Sadly Kathleen Murphy herself passed away from cancer just before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but her family and friends look after the garden, and keep it as a tribute to a caring lady.

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