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Thank you, Bruno. It is a joy to fly over the countryside when it is green and the river is quietly ebbing and flowing. However, sometimes drought and flood makes this a different landscape.

Warm greetings,

Ian

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Hello Michael, many thanks for your lovely comments and the L+F.

Greetings from Thailand, John

It is still one of the poor countries in Asia Ian and most of the earnings goes to 15% of the inhabitants. They're lucky with the temples in the area of Siem Reap. A lot of tourists are visiting that beautiful place. Greetings Berend

Spread the word, Panoramio will go on!!

Nice to read about one of the hobbies of kids in those days Ian. Greetings Berend

Spread the word, Panoramio will go on!!

Thanks Ian, I was happy with the lady in black with the baskets at the bicycle. Greetings Berend

Spread the word, Panoramio will go on!!

greetings PONG. I understand what you mean, in that the streets and subdivision of the land is rectilinear and the streets are wide. This surveying dates from the 1850s when the town was established here, the site being chosen by the surveyor. Wharves were established on the river bend and the town became a river port. Unfortunately, he did not anticipate the height of the floods and major floods not only flood the foreground but also invade the central business district. In that sense it is not well planned.

Ian

Thanks for the inquiry, Art. It is my understanding that Araucaria spp are not native to New Zealand. So, either New Zealand was a generalisation for south Pacific, or it was brought from New Zealand where it had been cultivated. Araucaria araucana is the botanical name for the Chilean and Argentinian monkey puzzle tree.

Here in south-eastern Queensland, both A. cunninghamii (hoop pine) and A. bidwillii (bunya pine) have been grown in commercial plantations for quality softwood. The latter is usually more knotted and today there is little demand for it, so plantations of bunya pine are being left to stand. Apart from the knots there is virtually no difference in the appearance and quality of the timber in these two spp. Bunya pine was a highly significant food source for indigenous Australians and was therefore cultivated and cared for by the local custodians who, in the right season, would then invite others from long distances, to the bunya feast. This feasts was accompanied by ceremonies, games, settling of disputes, reconciliations. My current home is situated on one of their original pathways that led to a bunya feasting ground.

Ian

Thank you so much Giancarlo,

It is kind of you!

I'm very pleased that you like the picture.

Warm greetings. GGR

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