28 August 2006

Pictures without cheetahs

It's time for more pictures. Enough of this deep thought. If you missed the earlier pictures you can find them here.

I think it's appropriate to start a photo post lacking deep thought with this picture. This is our incongruously well-painted bollard. I think it's there to stop vehicle traffic on the main pedestrian drag. Trust me when I tell you nothing else on this base, including walls, is this competently or intricately painted.

If you're still wondering whether Smitty is a huge tree nerd, I offer the following photos as further evidence, if any were needed, that the answer is yes. Below we have Acacia nilotica, which are all over the western half of the base. They're nice and wispy and, if I was here in the spring, they'd have pretty yellow flowers. No thorns, either.

As opposed to, say, this plant. It's called the Toothpick Tree, or the Karroo Bush. You can't beat the latin name for descriptiveness, though: Acacia horrida.

And here is a picture of my favorite tree in the entire Horn of Africa. It's called the Doum Palm, or, in Somali, the 'aw (that apostrophe is a full-on consonant, a glottal stop; it can even come at the end of a word). This is one of the only palm trees in the world that forms branches, and the only one to do so as part of its regular growth habit. Thus this would make a fine shade tree, the only palm of which that is true. This is a lousy picture, but if you do a google search for Doum Palm you'll get better ones.

Yes, that's right. I said I like these palm trees. I'm determined to get a better picture.

Finally, here is a lizard. It's just a lizard, nothing special, but it was at the cheetah refuge and I was amused by it.

1 comment:

scanime said...

Completely unrelated, but here's a new quote from your favorite Florida politician, from the Florida Baptist Witness:

"We have to have the faithful in government and over time," the Witness quotes Harris as saying, "that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."