Can a tree really be described as fat? I’m not sure. Big boned, perhaps, if we’re talking about the trunk and branches. Anyway, it’s not uncommon for trees to get a bit chunky around the middle but baobabs may be the fattest of all. These amazing trees are fire resistant, grow a super-fruit and can store up to 120,000 litres of water. They also look really, really silly.
Most people don’t cope with a lack of drink very well. I know I certainly don’t; I need to have a ready supply of ice-cold carbonated drinks on standby throughout the day. But this Prosopis cineraria tree from Bahrain manages to cope very well indeed considering it’s in the middle of a very dry desert.
The Dancing Forest (or the Drunk Forest, as it is sometimes known) is located in Curonian Spit National Park in Kaliningrad, Russia. Made up of pine trees, the forest is unusual due to the twisted shape of the trees. Many have grown into knots, loops, circles and spirals along the ground.
Trees are pretty useful. Animals live in them, they provide food and shelter, they’re nice to look at and (perhaps most importantly) without them we’d all be completely dead. The trees were here before us and they’ll still be here when we’ve gone, so we might as well try to enjoy them. Take a moment to think about all the wonderful things trees do for us – maybe a moment next time you’re miserably raking leaves from your lawn.
Avenue of the Baobabs is a dirt track in western Madagascar which is lined with, well, baobab trees! This unusual looking tree is often called the “tree of life” because it’s capable of so many things.
If you’ve been reading our blog, you might get the impression that we love experiencing different cultures from around the world. Well, that’s because we do! And if you do too, you can come and join us at the World on Regent Street in London this Sunday.
Where I live, the only things left behind by the local postmen are letters for the person who used to live in my flat and the odd discarded rubber band. But in Hauterives, France, the local postman left a little more than that… Ferdinand Cheval left an entire palace, made from stones he’d picked up on his daily mail round!
In Britain, the words “May Day” conjure up images of men morris dancing (ie jumping around with wooden sticks and bells on their knees), girls dancing around a 10-foot ribbon-adorned pole and the election of a May Queen. However, our European counterparts celebrate the day in many different ways…
There are examples of unusual public art all around the world, but rarely are these examples as consistently and suspiciously strange as those at Denver International Airport. With apocalyptic visions, biblical references and hints towards the New World Order, it’s little surprise that the artworks here are frequently used as evidence of secret goings-on at the site.
It’s always nice to get back to your own home and your own bed when you’ve been away, but imagine if you didn’t have a becarpeted floor, a radiatored room and a reliable roof? Read on to learn how good you’ve got it…