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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees

Different species of trees are all special in their design: deep roots, spectacular trunks, sprawling branches, and assortment of leaves. Trees soften the space they inhabit, probably with the shade it provides and its different shades of green leaves.

I found this unique tree in San Diego Zoo and I didn’t get a chance to note the name, too busy chasing kids wandering around the different animal enclosures.

I searched the zoo’s website and couldn’t find this one. But if you are interested, check out their spectacular information guide about its botanical collections: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/attractions/botanical-tours . Their collection is enormous: the Zoo plant trees and flowers native to the animal’s original habitats. In case you haven’t noticed in some of my posts about this zoo, I really really like this place! It’s a great place to learn about animals and it reminds me of going to the zoo on the weekends with Chris when we were newlyweds living in San Diego. Fond memories.

Tough leaves that won’t bend easily

These tree trunks have sturdy leaves growing in from the sharp spikes. This must be a protective mechanism to thwart animals.

Pretty from afar but must watch out for the spikes up close

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Cee’s Odd Photo Challenge: In nature

Odd features of nature are cool to capture on camera and even cooler to see in person. This was evident at San Diego Safari Zoo and the San Diego Zoo where they sustain unique plants and trees native to California, as well as recreate and conserve natural habitat s for animals. It never gets old to see its odd beauty again and again.

I forgot to note its name, but the flower in the middle looks like a ripe banana.

A jungle of untamed trunks

My son named this tree “Sausages”

This post is about oddness found in nature but I couldn’t resist adding the next photo. An odd look after playing games.

Not the kind of look you would expect after winning a prize except when someone else’s prize looks better