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I'm a 62yr old AOL refugee, living on the south coast of England. I love travelling and sharing my photos. I live with Nina and Katinka, my two Maine Coon cats.


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Sunday, 2 November 2008

The journey to Isalo National Park Part II

After a couple of attempts and losing my internet connection I finally got back online to get these photos on; the rest of the photos from the last entry. On our drive to the desert we stopped for a picnic lunch in a gap between two mountains. There weren't many trees and I didn't really expect any lemurs to live here although we were assured they did. We walked for a fair way before coming to some trees and spotted our first ring tailed lemurs!
I'll show you some photos of the drive there now. This first one was taken early morning before the sun had come up fully. I'm surprised that these straw roofed huts withstand cyclones or maybe they were really nice to begin with and this is the effect of the cyclone damage!

I thought this was a nice shot of agave plants against the dark red soil. Most of my photos of landscape were taken from a moving bus.

It's getting desolate here now as we approach the desert.

We stopped at this town where they still use oxcarts as transport.

They also hang their washing out on the cactus on the main road! I suppose it sticks well with all those prickles!

This is the place where the lemurs live, it doesn't look very inviting to a fruit eating lemur does it?
After our picnic these kids took over our picnic table to eat our left overs. They even ran to the waste bins and got out all the chicken bones and yogurt pots we'd thrown out to make sure there was no meat left on the bones and the yogurt pots were licked completely clean. We left a big bag of stuff we hadn't eaten for them with fruit, bread, bananas, cartons of juice etc in.

I love looking at rock strata! The patterns on it are beautiful. It's looking more like the mid west of the US now!

This family came up to see what we'd left of our picnic.

These kids were so sweet, the little girl on the right was adorable!

On our way to see the lemurs we found this lizard sunbathing.
The children didn't mind being photographed.... and they didn't ask for money for it either like the kids in Peru did! I suppose having no shops cancels out the need for money.

And here he is! Our very first ring tailed lemur!

They're more like dogs than primates.

There's quite a few of them here, you can see by the number of tails in the photo!

It's really hard to focus through the branches so these shots aren't as clear as I'd like.

On our way back to the bus we saw another lizard.

And this gorgeous chameleon, I love the way they move, it's all done in very slow exaggerated movements!

I thought he was so beautiful!

Snake!! He was about five feet long and went across the path right in front of us. Luckily nobody in our party had a phobia about them!
Last but not least ~ two very serious looking little boys. Little boys always seem to get dirtier than girls don't they?!

Again no signature tag, I'm just grateful I got through this without losing my connection again!
Have a good week and stay warm wherever you are. It's certainly cold here, it dropped down to 28F a couple of nights ago, brr!
Jeannette xx


Lisa said...

Another fabulous and interesting group of pictures!! The children are so sweet, awww, it makes me sad to think they are living is such poverty and have so little. How sad they look for food leftovers in the trash after a picnic. Sure makes me think how good I have it, I've no room to complain.

The chameleon is gorgeous, my gosh he sure does blend right in with the branch and the lemur, well what a cutie!!

Beaufitul pics of the landscape - looks like an interesting place to visit for sure.

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

Gosh, Jeannette, from a rain forest to a desert. Desolate but beautiful. The children are absolutely gorgeous. How sad that they need to forage for food. I'm glad you left them some. I'm backtracking so I'm off to Part I. xx

Linda :) said...

I am in awe of your trip to Madagascar... the culture is amazing and your pictures are auesome.... Lemures are one of our favorites to visit at the zoo....
Have a great week!!

lisa jo said...

that first photo is are all the pics....i hate snakes! The children are so friendly looking....lemurs are so cute too! xo

Jan said...

Im grateful you managed to get the pictures on.... they are beautiful and I love all the children arent they so sweet and inocent ? Jan xx

Sandra said...

I`ve just read both the new entries Jeannette. It`s amazing that the people smile as much as they do seeing as how compared to us they have nothing. It`s lovely that you all left food for them to pick up, it would have made such a difference especially for the children who I think are beautiful. We are so lucky that we have clean drinking water and have proper washing machines. Can you imagine doing the washing in the river! Your photos really tell the story of your trip and I feel I`ve been there with you. Love the new look journal. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

Lainey Laine said...

Awwww Jeannette fantastic photos! It is so sad that those children are living in such poverty. I would want to take them home with me. Bless their little hearts. Laine xxx

ADB said...

Beautiful scenery, Jeannette, quite breathtaking. No idea Madagascar was like that. Thanks very much for sharing.


Ally Lifewithally said...

Jeannette your pictures are breathtaking ~ those children are lovely ~ thanks for taking me along with your travels I really enjoyed the trip ~ Ally x

Jean said...

Hi Jeannette lovely to see your photos ,your pictures have told the story ,how kind of you to leave those children some food Jeanxx

Kathy said...

Fantastic pictures! The children are so beautiful. Loved the wild life photos. Must have been so exciting to see all of these animals up close!


Adirondackcountrygal said...

Great photos again. The children are very sad, it must of been difficult for you to see such poverty. I know I would of felt guilty for what plenty I have.

Linda's World said...

I wouldn't do well there, with no regular toilet, I can barely stand to go into the bathrooms in the campgrounds & they're clean, etc. Beautiful pictures! I tired to join in as a follower but it wouldn't allow me to. I'll try back later. Linda in WA

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