Sunday, 1 November 2015

Botanic Garden Trail....

This is my 500th blog post!

Our last day at the lodge.....

.....we were told this tree only flowered/looked like this about every 20 years so were very lucky to see it....



....a log rescued from poachers, it had this 'cup like' fungus...


.....a buggy took us across this flowing water on the road....


....the hotel for the forest cleaners, a termite hill about 5 ft high....



.....a Red Eyed Viper, one of the many poisonous snakes, also has a red tip on it's tail tail....


....the black mass high up the tree and lines coming down are termites...


.....close up of some bark....


....a tree fern on the ground, it was taken back to the lodge to be planted....


....put my camera in the hollow tree pointing up, results of the strangler...



....this picture shows the fern and an orchid attached high up the tree trunk....



....a small section of paved trail, very uneven and slippy...


....a magnificent Redwood, the rare, valuable trees are marked by the rangers as poachers frequently enter this area from across the river to steal the trees. the area near the river is most popular for this practise during the rainy season when the chainsaws cannot be heard above the sound of the flowing water, logs are then floated across the river. Rangers mark these trees and are always watching for poachers animal traps....


...the deterrent for poaching is a small fine or a very short prison stay, so no serious threat whereas in Thailand poachers are shot!!!


Redwood seed pod..


....more termite evidence....


....two very tall rosewood trees, also very rare and valuable...


....Roy trying to clear the trail, we had to stoop low here...


.....two flat backed millipedes....


.....more lovely shell like fungus, some still holding water after the rain....


....a log was rolled over and this fungus mass was discovered, it is the start of a termite mound...


...spiky moss on this rock...



.....back to the lodge for a cold drink, shower and de-leech!!! Everyone found at least one leech on their socks despite the special substance used to deter!

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A cookery/hands on demonstration making spring rolls....



....egg, finely chopped onion, chilli and chives were whisked using chop sticks and cooked in a sizzling pan...





....rice paper has salad, egg and herbs placed on it and rolled up, this particular one was not fried...



....Flavia...


....Anita both were really good...


....tofu and finely chopped mushroom being deep fried for the vegetarians...


....chopped tomatoes added to the pan, looked delicious!



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View of the rapids from the lodge....



.....wild ginger, many varieties of ginger here....


....near the river, so many roots...



....the upstairs of the lodge used for our meals and socialising and wifi!!


Resident animals...


....about 3 weeks old, such a cute, playful pup I had difficulty catching it..



Long journey to Saigon (Ho Chi Min ) tomorrow......