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Santa Catarina Park

The Santa Catarina Park is one of the most pleasant places in Funchal, from where one has astonishing panoramas over the Funchal’s bay.
Situated in the area of an ancient cemetery, the Santa Catarina Park was inaugurated in 1966, occupying nowadays an area of about 6 000m2, perfect for the most diversified activities and artistic and cultural manifestations.
The Park presents many pedestrian walks, an immense variety of flora species from all over the world, and also a rich fauna, with ducks, swans, fishes and many birds. The Park also presents an area for children, and even an ancient Chapel of Santa Catarina dated from 1425, which construction was ordered by D. Constança, the wife of João Golçalves Zarco, one of the official discoverers of this “Atlantic Pearl”.
The Park is also artistically decorated with several sculpture works, signed by many renowned artistis, representing some of the important personalities such as Henry the Navigator, Cristóvão Columbus, Gago Coutinho, Sacadura Cabral, among many others.

I think the name of this tree is a Kapok (Ceiba pentandra) is a tropical tree of the order Malvales and the family Malvaceae (previously separated in the family Bombacaceae), native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and (as the variety C. pentandra var. guineensis) to tropical west Africa. The word is also used for the fibre obtained from its seed pods. The tree is also known as the Java cotton, Java kapok, Silk cotton or ceiba. It is a sacred symbol in Maya mythology.
The tree grows to 60-70 m (200-230 ft) tall and has a very substantial trunk up to 3 m (10 ft) in diameter with buttresses. The trunk and many of the larger branches are often (but not always) crowded with very large, robust simple thorns. The leaves are compound of 5 to 9 leaflets, each up to 20 cm (8 in) and palm like. Adult trees produce several hundred 15 cm (6 in) seed pods. The pods contain seeds surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose.

Nikon D40X
2010/04/09 10:01:10.1
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 10mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/100 sec - F/10
Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-C
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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