Now this is what Bill Callahan was singing about.
PS: This is a Canonball Tree btw, Don send me this link if you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couroupita_guianensis
Probably one of the most famous endemic species from the Seychelles is the Coco de Mer or Coco Fesse (you can guess why they call it like that). The nuts are absolutely stunning and can easily reach a weigth of 20 kg and more. Also, this palm reproduces with two seperate genders (i.e. male and female plants) and is apparently very difficult to grow even on the Seychelles.
Again the Petite Anse in Mahé. In case you're wondering, I'm not trying to lift off and I had not an overdose of sun exposure, I tried getting those darn coco nuts from the palm. First tried by throwing a stick at them (the stick got stuck between two coconuts), then I moved on to throwing washed up coral pieces into the palms... But I guess I probably hit more contruction workers and hidden camera thieves than coco nuts, so I had to settle down after some 30 desperate minutes. Nature can be cruel!
The Petite Anse is definitely worth a visit. Located in South Western Mahé next to the Anse Soleil, this beach and its bay are undergoing a complete integration into a huge, luxurious resort. Not sure whether the beach will still be accessible once the whole thing is finished, but I guess it will be. The path to this beach was a bit dangerous while we were there, as the main road was closed for contruction, and the little jungle path as at times a bit steep and quasi non existant. The beach can be noisy at times depending on the status of the constructions that are going on hidden behind palm trees and thick jungle. If you manage to blind it out, or if you lucky and it's more quiet, the beach can offer a magnificient swimming ground and one of the best sands in Mahé.
I should be able to give you the name of this three you'll find all across the Seychelles, but alas, I'm a molecular biologist and no botanist... Anyway I really loved these trees, often reaching heights of around 5-10m with remarkably few leaves and bright pink blossoms. The seeds can be seen here as very long and dark seed pouches. This picture was taken next to the church in Baie Lazare. If anybody can help me with the name, that'd be great!
This picture was also taken near the Baie Lazare village. It depicts an invasive species (i.e. not endemic to the Seychelles) whose name I've forgotten. This plant overgrows everything it encounters, sometimes you see huge patches of native trees that are completely covered with these plants. It's an impressive sight though, vast greenness as far as the eye can see.
10/09/08. 10:29:27 am. 66 words, . Categories: Seychelles ,
This picture was taken on the small path that leads from the Eastern most point of the Baie Lazare beach back to the village. Although on first sight, all looks pristine, however some parts along this road (and many others) are covered with ALL kinds of garbage. The government tries to fight this phenomenon by campaigns in school and the public, with moderate success.
This picture was taken at 4°45'26.18"S - 55°28'27.59"E, at the Baie Lazare next to the Plantation Club. It was one of our first days on the island and we walked from our marvelous hotel Anse Soleil Beachcomber a couple of miles south toward the village Baie Lazare with its pristine and long beach. It was a nice walk, passing sleepy villages, listening to the folk music that surrounds these settlements, smelling the exotic trees and plants and the omnipresent palm wood fire smoke. I love contemplating the interplay of shadows and light scattered across the ivory beach sand.
10/07/08. 08:36:46 am. 103 words, . Categories: Seychelles ,
The pink mauve blossoms of this tree cover its surrounding earth. It is an absolutely stunning sight, often carpenting the streets with a brilliant glow.The tree also produces the so-called mountain apple or jamalac that looks pretty much like your average apple, has a texture similar to cotton candy and an unbelievable taste reminding of ginger and cinnamon. Unluckily the image can barely represent its beautiful colors. This Seychelles series will be on-going and feature some of my better shots.
10/06/08. 01:12:41 pm. 88 words, . Categories: Seychelles ,