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my name is Bruno Navez,
I am a French forest officer on Réunion Island and I’m mainly interested in nature topics.

No snow peak

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 23 October 2008

Piton des Neiges (Snow Peak), the eroded remains of one of the shield volcanoes that built Réunion island, is the highest point (3070 m) of Indian Ocean.
Snow falls very rarely, most often as melted precipitations in the secrecy of bad weather clouds, except in August 2003 when top part of Piton des Neiges was snow-covered and visible three days long from all around the island.
21°5′54.1″S 55°28′46.2″E / 21.098361°S 55.4795°E / -21.098361; 55.4795

On the street market of Toliara

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 20 May 2008

Toliara is a provincial capital of Madagascar, the main town of the south-western area.

23°21′4.04″S 43°40′6.13″E / 23.3511222°S 43.6683694°E / -23.3511222; 43.6683694

Youth foliage of Bourbon Red Fan-Palm

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 1 September 2008

Latania lontaroides is a species of fan palm tree endemic to Réunion island (formerly Bourbon island).
Its youth foliage has got some beautiful red colors.

21°9′9.78″S 55°16′49.49″E / 21.1527167°S 55.2804139°E / -21.1527167; 55.2804139

Adventive craters of Fournaise volcano

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 25 August 2008

Piton de la Fournaise is a regularly active shield volcano on Réunion island.
Lava projections build many adventive craters (splatter cones) along the eruption cracks.

21°15′10.735″S 55°42′4.93″E / 21.25298194°S 55.7013694°E / -21.25298194; 55.7013694

Pass on the path in Mafate

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 19 August 2008

Hiking is one of the most popular attractions of Réunion island, specially in the road-free areas such as Mafate, one of the large natural cirques dug by erosion.

21°5′7.155″S 55°26′23.902″E / 21.08532083°S 55.43997278°E / -21.08532083; 55.43997278

Smart style of a red Hibiscus flower

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 2 February 2008

Though many cultivars of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis have been developed with various colors and shapes, the wild-like form has kept the simple elegance of an intense red color with a very long and amazing column.
The flower lasts only one day.

21°16′7.32″S 55°31′25.4″E / 21.2687°S 55.523722°E / -21.2687; 55.523722

Pair of mangoes

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 9 February 2008

Mangoes are one of oldest cultivated fruit in the world, produced by a tree of the species Mangifera indica.
From the hundred of small flowers of each large panicle, just one or two flowers, rarely more, become ripen mangoes.
This apple-like variety, in an orchard of Réunion Island, known as José mangoes, is locally the most favored.

21°2′36.33″S 55°13′42.57″E / 21.043425°S 55.2284917°E / -21.043425; 55.2284917

Rainbow shower on the sugar canes

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 18 February 2008

Sugar cane fields fashion landscapes of Réunion Island where sugar is the first exported product.
Yet, they could disappear, unless a good fairy bless them, threatened by urban expansion and by economic competition with low wages countries.

20°55′6.36″S 55°32′36.39″E / 20.9184333°S 55.5434417°E / -20.9184333; 55.5434417

Formica Leo

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 21 MAY 2008

Formica Leo is a small cinder cone depending on Piton de la Fournaise. It is said it grew up during an eruption in 1753.
For being located just on the main access to the summit of the volcano, it has become a famous touristic icon of Réunion Island.

21°13′24.75″S 55°41′31.25″E / 21.2235417°S 55.6920139°E / -21.2235417; 55.6920139

Climbing to cosmos

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Enwildered blue Morning Glories (Ipomoea nil) are creeping along fading Cosmos flowers (Cosmos bipinnatus) that had been broadcast sown.

21°17′20.45″S 55°31′9.89″E / 21.2890139°S 55.5194139°E / -21.2890139; 55.5194139

Busy bee in white cluster

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 18 February 2008

Ten or so different Dombeya species are representative of natural forests of Réunion island. They bloom with clusters of delicate flowers.
A Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) is visiting those of Dombeya acutangula which provide pollen abundantly.

21°16′4.99″S 55°31′25.13″E / 21.2680528°S 55.5236472°E / -21.2680528; 55.5236472

Pair of volcanoes

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 31 March 2008

Most eruptions occur in the central crater or along the flanks of the Piton de la Fournaise main cone one can see here on the left in the background.
Though, from time to time, some eruptions occur in peripheral areas: Piton Chisny, here on the right, was built by such a violent one, about 1,100 years ago.

21°13′36.56″S 55°38′52.12″E / 21.2268222°S 55.6478111°E / -21.2268222; 55.6478111

Tree locust on Begonia

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 12 January 2008

This tree locust (Anacridium melanorhodon ssp. arabafrum) travelled on my windscreen from coastal dry areas to a higher and moistier place.
It seems a bit disturbed on this Begonia, an unusual host for it.

21°16′6.57″S 55°31′27.35″E / 21.2684917°S 55.5242639°E / -21.2684917; 55.5242639

Spiders’ happy bee meal

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 30 May 2008

The red-legged golden orb-web spider (Nephila inaurata), nicknamed Bib by Réunion’s people, is a species whose females are impressive large spiders, very much bigger than males. These ones take advantage of their mate’s web to share the remains of her meals.

21°16′6.57″S 55°31′27.35″E / 21.2684917°S 55.5242639°E / -21.2684917; 55.5242639

Invasive beauty

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 19 April 2008
FP seal Promoted to Featured picture on 10 December 2008

Introduced flowers, such as this Kahili Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum), once for its delicate scent, from its native Himalayan mountains to Réunion island, may become terrible invaders that cause much trouble to the vulnerable ecosystems of isolated islands.

21°3′11.59″S 55°27′17.32″E / 21.0532194°S 55.4548111°E / -21.0532194; 55.4548111

Crazy daisy

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 14 November 2008

Along the red-skinned road of the Volcano Crasy daisies, as locally called, (Erigeron karvinskianus), make a delicate garland.

21°13′31.44″S 55°38′56.76″E / 21.2254°S 55.6491°E / -21.2254; 55.6491


QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 10 November 2008

Los Voladores, the flyers, dance and play the flute and drums at the tip of the pole, 30 meters high, begging the gods for good harvests and then let themselves whirling down, thus connecting the sky to the earth.

Yellow flower

QI seal Promoted to Quality image on 30 October 2008

The "Yellow Flower" (Hypericum lanceolatum), a bush closely related to St John's wort, is known to be visited on Réunion island by the "Green Bird" (Zosterops olivaceus) !

Tropical sand urchin's test

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The cake urchin Clypeaster reticulatus lives in burrows dug in the sand of tropical lagoons. Like some other sand urchins but unlike free water urchins, anus hole has moved to the lower face, not to be filled with mud.

21°20′41.01″S 55°28′19.77″E / 21.344725°S 55.4721583°E / -21.344725; 55.4721583

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