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Elephant carnage on the railroad tracks – Gabon

July 24, 2014

Here is a somewhat grizzly series of photos depicting the aftermath of what appears to be an elephant having been recently hit by a train and subsequently stripped of its meat by local villagers…Yes, that circular grey thing is an elephant ear.

I took this photo in Gabon at the end of 2012.

Railroad tracks, Gabon

Elephant carnage, Gabon

Railroad elephant carnage, Gabon

Railroad elephant carnage, Gabon

Elephant carnage, Gabon

Glowing yellow mushroom – California

July 23, 2014


Is it just me or is this mushroom glowing? I took this photo back in winter of 2012 and just found it in my photo archives. I don’t recall posting it here before. Please let me know via the comment forum if you have any ID suggestions.


Solanaceae, Brugmansia vulcanicola, Vulcan Angel’s Trumpet

July 23, 2014

Brugmansia vulcanicola is one of the less common species in this genus. Native to the subtropical highlands of S. America. Click photos to enlarge.

Click here for previous entries on the Brugmansia genus.  And for more on the Solanaceae family click here

Brugmansia vulcanicola leaf

Brugmansia vulcanicola flower

Brugmansia vulcanicola flower profile

Solanaceae, Brugmansia aurea, flower opening

July 21, 2014



Click here for previous posts related to the Brugmansia genus . And click here for previous posts on the Solanaceae family. Solanaceae, Brugmansia aurea, flower opening

Ceanothus dentatus, leaf and flower – Monterey, California

April 5, 2014

Ceanothus dentatus is a California endemic with small holly-like leaves and blue flowers. It grows primarily along the coast and just inland.
Ceanothus deantatus, leaf and flower

Ceanothus impressus blooming, leaf and flower – Santa Barbara County, California

April 5, 2014

Two photos of the leaves and flower of Ceanothus impressus.

Ceanothus impressus, leaf, flower

Ceanothus impressus blooming, leaf, flower

Ceanothus incanus, leaf, flower and flower bud – Monterey County, California

April 5, 2014


Two photos below depicting the flower, leaf and flower bud of Ceanothus incanus.

Ceanothus incanus, flower

Ceanothus incanus, leaf, bud


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