Saturday, October 10, 2015

But the most remarkable objects on this day's journey were the vast numbers of that splendid production of Madagascar, the Urania speciosa, or Traveler's-tree #QotD

2015.10.05-DSC04288But the most remarkable objects on this day's journey were the vast numbers of that splendid production of Madagascar, the Urania speciosa, or Traveler's-tree. It is not easy to imagine, still less to describe, the appearance of a somewhat distant and oval-shaped mountain crested along its summit, as it appeared to us on one part of the way, by these stately trees, looking like a long line of gigantic Indian sachems, with their helmets of radiated feathers shown in strongly marked outline against the western sky. pp. 202-03

From Three visits to Madagascar during the years 1853--1854--1856: Including a journey to the capital; with notices of the natural history of the country and of the present civilization of the people by William Ellis

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