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Musa basjoo formosana 台灣芭蕉, 山芎蕉 - "Ba-jiao"

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Musa basjoo formosana 台灣芭蕉, 山芎蕉

harvested three bunches of Musa basjoo formosana 台灣芭蕉, 山芎蕉 from our garden. Bunches were 4-6 m off the ground and weighed 15-20 kg each. The sticky resin from the plant stains clothes and is difficult to get off of tools. The bananas are stumpy, sweet and less textured than common chiquitas.

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view of northwest Taipei after a storm
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End of the day computing
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Sun showing my age
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New vegetable crop fields emerge
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Tammy and Kanee walking on a newly cleared section of ridge above our house
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Tanuki napping
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kitchen talk

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park 中正紀念公園

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Philip relaxes at CKS
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CKS sunset
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Policed plaza at CKS
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CKS main gate
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flying eaves


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tug-o-war in the grass
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Seedling enterprise at home
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Seedling enterprise at home
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Fennel flower at home
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home nursery
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View west from our terrace
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Home nursery
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home nursery
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home nursery
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home nursery
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seedling enterprise
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Morning from inside our bedroom
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Homestead kitchen
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Elephant ear fruiting
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Philip waiting for the bus
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Fat skink body
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Fat skink head
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attack of ?
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Carrying seedlings to the garden

King Ratsnake 臭青公

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Sadness, our king snake is killed.
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Head of the snake

Discovering our killed garden companion. The King Ratsnake 臭青公 (chòu qīng gōng) Elaphe carinata is one of the largest and heaviest snakes in Taiwan, growing up to 240cm. It is common throughout the island up to 2000m. It is known by farmers for its rat-killing skill. It lives in wooded areas and farming areas, and is found in fields and rice paddies. Females produce 8-14 eggs in the summer. It eats mice, birds, bird eggs, frogs, lizards and notably other snakes.

端午節 - Greater Green Snake 青蛇

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The Greater Green Snake 青蛇 (qīng shé) Cyclophiops major
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The Greater Green Snake 青蛇 (qīng shé) Cyclophiops major
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The Greater Green Snake 青蛇 (qīng shé) Cyclophiops major

The Greater Green Snake 青蛇 (qīng shé) Cyclophiops major, reaches up to 130 cm. This mild-tempered diurnal invertebrate eater inhabits humid forests and agricultural areas, where it feeds on earthworms and insect larvae. This harmless snake is diurnal and semi-arboreal and rarely bite, they are often found in trees where they sleep at night. Females produce 4-13 eggs in spring to early summer. It is often mistaken for the Chinese Tree Viper (V. s. stejnegeri) and killed. The poisonous bamboo viper or Chinese green tree viper 赤尾青竹絲 (chìwěi qīngzhú sī) Trimeresurus stejnegeri stejnegeri has a triangular head, red eyes, a white stripe along both sides of the body, and a reddish-brown tail; while the Greater Green Snake has an oval head, black eyes, no stripes, and a green tail.

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flowering orchid at the gate
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Lotus flowers in pond at Tankiang University campus
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Keywords: animal, dog, flower, plant, reptile, road
People: Philip, Tammy
Locations: Garden City Garden, 新城花園, Home, 家, Pristine, 精粹
Dates: 2013:05:05 - 2013:06:24