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This is a summary/preview video of my recent trip to Western Cuba, from Villa Clara to Pinar del Rio with Cuban palm expert Duanny Suarez. The palms featured in the video series are:
Hemithrinax ekmaniana in Mogotes de Jumagua (Villa Clara):
Copernicia hospita, Copernicia curtissi and Coccothrinax miraguama in Cinefuegoes and Motembo:
Copernicia glabrescens var. glabrescens, Coccothrinax acuminata, and
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (Blue and Green forms) in Cortés, Pinar del Rio:
Colpothrinax wrightii in Pinar del Rio:
Coccothrinax Borhidiana in Matanzas:
Copernicia glabrescens var. ramosissima and Coccthrinax miraguama var. roseocarpa in Matanzas:
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Drone video of the Cocora Valley in Quindio, Colombia, home to Ceroxylon quindiuense (the Colombian Wax Palm), the tallest palm tree in the world. The palms can grow to 200 feet in height and can be found in the Central and Eastern Andes of Colombia at elevations between 2,000 and 3,100 meters (6,600 and 10,200 feet).
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Drone video featuring the natural landscapes and palm trees typical of the Llanos Orientales region of Colombia. Video filmed in Hacienda Sabaneta, Tame, Arauca.
Palm trees featured in this video:
Palma Moriche (Mauritia flexuosa)
Palma Real (Attalea butyracea)
Palma Corozo (Acrocomia aculeata)
Asaí de la Selva (Euterpe precatoria)
This is a preview, the full video can be watched here:
Isla Saona, Dominican Republic by drone.
Music: Orquesta Billos Caracas Boys - Guavaberry
This video is a preview, link to full video:
Drone video of Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, showcasing the natural habitats of the Key Deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium), Key Thatch Palm (Leucothrinax morrissii), Florida Silver Palm (Coccothrinax argentata), and Slash Pine Tree (Pinus elliottii).
Music: Dion - The Wanderer
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Music: Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me
Royal palms, Copernicia, Brahea armata, Coccothrinax, Pseudophoenix.
Colombia, Baja California, Dominican Republic, Florida, Morocco, Cuba, Yucatan
Drone footage from Jonathon Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida.
Slash Pine forest with Sabal palmetto and Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) in three different color varieties: green, blue, and the rare "snow" (white), which is known only to this area.
Drone: DJI Spark
This was the first drone video I ever made.
This drone video showcases just one section of Leonel's palm collection in Villa Nueva, Santiago, Dominican Republic. Unfortunately I did not have time to fly over the entire property and capture all of Leonel's rare palms.
Coccothrinax litoralis in habitat on Cayo Guillermo, Cuba.
Thanks to Duanny Suarez, our guide.
To the north of the city of Camaguey lies a vast expanse of serpentine savannas that are home to 5 rare palm tree species:
Copernicia schaferi (a naturally occurring hybrid between Copernicia hospita and Copernicia cowelli)
Special thanks to Duanny Suarez for being our local guide and palm expert during the expedition.
On the south coast of Cuba, in the province of Sancti spiritus lies the habitat of Copernicia gigas.
Special thanks to Duanny Suarez for taking us to this amazing place!
Drone footage (DJI Spark) of the Frailejones (Espeletia) around Laguna Buitrago in the Paramo de Chingaza, Colombia.
Drone video of Pseudophoenix sargentii and Thrinax radiata growing in habitat around Las Coloradas in the Ria Largartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Music: Juan Gabriel - Por Que Me Haces Llorar
Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic and other areas of Pedernales Province
Alternate ending from the youtube version.
Chamaerops humilis cerifera and Phoenix dactylifera in their natural habitats in the High Atlas Mountains.
Most of the Silver Chamaerops one sees in habitat is very low ground cover, but occasionally, on steep slopes or in stream beds you can see some with several feet of trunk. They tend to be most common at elevations between 4,000-5,000 feet.
Ida Ou Tanane (the branch of the Atlas Mountains that meet the Atlantic Ocean)
The Souss Valley
The Tizi n Test mountain pass in the High Atlas (between Taroudant and Marrakesh)
Drone video of royal palm avenues in the historic Hollywood Lakes neighborhood, Florida.
Music: Terra Nostra by Bob Folse.
Drone video of Coccothrinax boschiana in habitat, Dominican Republic
Coccothrinax boschiana, commonly known as the Barrera Silver Palm.
The only place in the world where the Coccothrinax boschiana palm grows is on this isolated limestone cliff on the Barahona Peninsula, Dominican Republic.
Thanks to Leonel A. Mera for guiding us to this beautiful place.
Pseudophoenix vinifera habitat in Azua, Dominican Republic.
The Pseudophoenix vinifera grows in 4 locations on the island of Hispaniola. In the Dominican Republic it grows in the hills outside the town of Azua and it also grows near Jimani. In Haiti it survives between Poteau and Passe Reine (Dep. de l’Artibonite) and near Source Matelas (Dep. de l’Ouest). The drone video above is the population just outside Azua.
Special thanks to Leonel Mera for making this trip possible.
Drone video of alligators, royal palms, and sabal palms in the Fakahatchee Strand, Florida.
Tchaikovsky - Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier Pas de Deux
Aerosmith - Dream On
Filmed in a remote part of Baja California: Rancho La Huertita. Many thanks to the owners of the ranch: Adolfo & Margarita Loya. And also thanks to our excellent guide: Victor Morales, whose youtube video can be found here:
Most prominent species featured in the video are:
Brahea armata (Mexican Blue Palm)
Fouquieria columnaris (Cirio Cactus)
Pachycereus pringlei (Mexican Giant Cactus)
Music by Vargas de Tecalitlan - El Pastor & La Bikina
Drone used: DJI Spark
Taking a break from palms and going back to my roots. The River Stour, Dedham Vale, whose beauty was captured by the great 19th Century painter John Constable, and which marks the boundary between Essex and Suffolk, was the place where I spent the majority of my childhood.
Music: Oak and Ash and Thorn by the Unthanks