White Browed Owl   A rare inhabitant of thorny woodland, his white eyebrows give him a particularly distinguished appearance.
       
     
  Hardwood Canopy   The silence and beauty of a gently swaying forest canopy is momentarily interrupted by the wailing and tree rustling of a lemur group.
       
     
  Red Fronted Brown Lemur   Agility and speed are name of the game for this attractive lemur with a taste for honey and sweet berries.
       
     
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  Reaching for the Sky   A multitude of endemic plants vie for the sun's rays, the forest canopy creating an important ecosystem in its own right.
       
     
  The Feel of the Forest   A guide checks a tree's bark for moss and animal scratches. Most people living in or around Madagascar's thorny forests have some knowledge of its biology.
       
     
  Ring Tailed Lemur   The most sociable of all lemur species. We saw groups huddled together in the cool shade of steep clay slopes.    
       
     
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  Spider's Nest   Wisps of spider web catch leaves and dim out the forest light. Spiders are to be found everywhere in Madagascar, everywhere but the tourist brochures.
       
     
  Waiting Game   A female spider's web has been laid and her trap is set. She will catch a grasshopper or a mayfly before the late afternoon sun turns a deadly shade of red.
       
     
  Village Path   Zombitse forest sheltered a humble village, where houses were made of wood and corrugated metal, and roads covered by sand.
       
     
  The Sportive Lemur of Zombitse   An elusive creature, named for its brisk agility and ability to skim through the trees, this particular individual was more content with an afternoon snooze .
       
     
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  Lemur Eyes   Large amber orbs peered down on us as we interrupted this bundle of fur with human-like hands and feet from his nap.
       
     
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  Strangler Vine   The coils of a strangler fig twist their way towards a nearby tree.
       
     
  Epiphytes   Tree branches offer a platform for other, more dependent, plant species to cling to.
       
     
  Up in the Canopy   A white-faced Brown Lemur surveys his group's territory before leaping onto the next trunk. Browns are some of the most agile lemur species in Madagascar, and the most daring when it comes to stealing food. Those eyes are always on the lookout for opportunity. 
       
     
  The Betisboka   It was one of the most powerful rivers I had ever seen. A great sea of mud thrashing against granite rock faces with the force of an earthquake. We crossed it twice, once over a rather wobbly steel bridge, and here from the air.
       
     
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  Beyond the Pines   A motorbike glistens in the dappled forest light. The black body reminded me of 'A Place Beyond the Pines' starring Ryan Gosling. I have taken an interest in motorbikes ever since.
       
     
  Mushroom Balconies   Like some Neapolitan building, mushrooms jut out over a busy forest street - at insect level in any case.
       
     
  Young Strangler Fig   Starting off as an innocent cutting and an attractive creeper, the plant will grow into a menacing parasite that will choke enormous hardwoods to death.
       
     
  A Constellation of Plants   All manner of trees, mosses and succulents create a canopy that is uniquely Madagascar.
       
     
  Baobab   Quintessentially Madagascar, the lightning-style arrangement of branches set on a formidable trunk make this fortress of a tree a plant like no other.
       
     
  Heart of the Forest   Thick vegetation blankets the undergrowth, creating a haven for shy species that seek the shelter of forests.
       
     
  Notebook: Life in the Trees   It is quite a surprise to find so much life at every store of the forest canopy. Here a strangler fig nestles within the clutches of a sturdy hardwood.
       
     
  White Browed Owl   A rare inhabitant of thorny woodland, his white eyebrows give him a particularly distinguished appearance.
       
     

White Browed Owl

A rare inhabitant of thorny woodland, his white eyebrows give him a particularly distinguished appearance.

  Hardwood Canopy   The silence and beauty of a gently swaying forest canopy is momentarily interrupted by the wailing and tree rustling of a lemur group.
       
     

Hardwood Canopy

The silence and beauty of a gently swaying forest canopy is momentarily interrupted by the wailing and tree rustling of a lemur group.

  Red Fronted Brown Lemur   Agility and speed are name of the game for this attractive lemur with a taste for honey and sweet berries.
       
     

Red Fronted Brown Lemur

Agility and speed are name of the game for this attractive lemur with a taste for honey and sweet berries.

IMGP3663.jpg
       
     
  Reaching for the Sky   A multitude of endemic plants vie for the sun's rays, the forest canopy creating an important ecosystem in its own right.
       
     

Reaching for the Sky

A multitude of endemic plants vie for the sun's rays, the forest canopy creating an important ecosystem in its own right.

  The Feel of the Forest   A guide checks a tree's bark for moss and animal scratches. Most people living in or around Madagascar's thorny forests have some knowledge of its biology.
       
     

The Feel of the Forest

A guide checks a tree's bark for moss and animal scratches. Most people living in or around Madagascar's thorny forests have some knowledge of its biology.

  Ring Tailed Lemur   The most sociable of all lemur species. We saw groups huddled together in the cool shade of steep clay slopes.    
       
     

Ring Tailed Lemur

The most sociable of all lemur species. We saw groups huddled together in the cool shade of steep clay slopes. 

 

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  Spider's Nest   Wisps of spider web catch leaves and dim out the forest light. Spiders are to be found everywhere in Madagascar, everywhere but the tourist brochures.
       
     

Spider's Nest

Wisps of spider web catch leaves and dim out the forest light. Spiders are to be found everywhere in Madagascar, everywhere but the tourist brochures.

  Waiting Game   A female spider's web has been laid and her trap is set. She will catch a grasshopper or a mayfly before the late afternoon sun turns a deadly shade of red.
       
     

Waiting Game

A female spider's web has been laid and her trap is set. She will catch a grasshopper or a mayfly before the late afternoon sun turns a deadly shade of red.

  Village Path   Zombitse forest sheltered a humble village, where houses were made of wood and corrugated metal, and roads covered by sand.
       
     

Village Path

Zombitse forest sheltered a humble village, where houses were made of wood and corrugated metal, and roads covered by sand.

  The Sportive Lemur of Zombitse   An elusive creature, named for its brisk agility and ability to skim through the trees, this particular individual was more content with an afternoon snooze .
       
     

The Sportive Lemur of Zombitse

An elusive creature, named for its brisk agility and ability to skim through the trees, this particular individual was more content with an afternoon snooze .

IMGP7955.jpg
       
     
  Lemur Eyes   Large amber orbs peered down on us as we interrupted this bundle of fur with human-like hands and feet from his nap.
       
     

Lemur Eyes

Large amber orbs peered down on us as we interrupted this bundle of fur with human-like hands and feet from his nap.

IMGP8026.jpg
       
     
  Strangler Vine   The coils of a strangler fig twist their way towards a nearby tree.
       
     

Strangler Vine

The coils of a strangler fig twist their way towards a nearby tree.

  Epiphytes   Tree branches offer a platform for other, more dependent, plant species to cling to.
       
     

Epiphytes

Tree branches offer a platform for other, more dependent, plant species to cling to.

  Up in the Canopy   A white-faced Brown Lemur surveys his group's territory before leaping onto the next trunk. Browns are some of the most agile lemur species in Madagascar, and the most daring when it comes to stealing food. Those eyes are always on the lookout for opportunity. 
       
     

Up in the Canopy

A white-faced Brown Lemur surveys his group's territory before leaping onto the next trunk. Browns are some of the most agile lemur species in Madagascar, and the most daring when it comes to stealing food. Those eyes are always on the lookout for opportunity. 

  The Betisboka   It was one of the most powerful rivers I had ever seen. A great sea of mud thrashing against granite rock faces with the force of an earthquake. We crossed it twice, once over a rather wobbly steel bridge, and here from the air.
       
     

The Betisboka

It was one of the most powerful rivers I had ever seen. A great sea of mud thrashing against granite rock faces with the force of an earthquake. We crossed it twice, once over a rather wobbly steel bridge, and here from the air.

IMG_20170603_091509.jpg
       
     
  Beyond the Pines   A motorbike glistens in the dappled forest light. The black body reminded me of 'A Place Beyond the Pines' starring Ryan Gosling. I have taken an interest in motorbikes ever since.
       
     

Beyond the Pines

A motorbike glistens in the dappled forest light. The black body reminded me of 'A Place Beyond the Pines' starring Ryan Gosling. I have taken an interest in motorbikes ever since.

  Mushroom Balconies   Like some Neapolitan building, mushrooms jut out over a busy forest street - at insect level in any case.
       
     

Mushroom Balconies

Like some Neapolitan building, mushrooms jut out over a busy forest street - at insect level in any case.

  Young Strangler Fig   Starting off as an innocent cutting and an attractive creeper, the plant will grow into a menacing parasite that will choke enormous hardwoods to death.
       
     

Young Strangler Fig

Starting off as an innocent cutting and an attractive creeper, the plant will grow into a menacing parasite that will choke enormous hardwoods to death.

  A Constellation of Plants   All manner of trees, mosses and succulents create a canopy that is uniquely Madagascar.
       
     

A Constellation of Plants

All manner of trees, mosses and succulents create a canopy that is uniquely Madagascar.

  Baobab   Quintessentially Madagascar, the lightning-style arrangement of branches set on a formidable trunk make this fortress of a tree a plant like no other.
       
     

Baobab

Quintessentially Madagascar, the lightning-style arrangement of branches set on a formidable trunk make this fortress of a tree a plant like no other.

  Heart of the Forest   Thick vegetation blankets the undergrowth, creating a haven for shy species that seek the shelter of forests.
       
     

Heart of the Forest

Thick vegetation blankets the undergrowth, creating a haven for shy species that seek the shelter of forests.

  Notebook: Life in the Trees   It is quite a surprise to find so much life at every store of the forest canopy. Here a strangler fig nestles within the clutches of a sturdy hardwood.
       
     

Notebook: Life in the Trees

It is quite a surprise to find so much life at every store of the forest canopy. Here a strangler fig nestles within the clutches of a sturdy hardwood.