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East Asia, South East Asia? Nope... Europe, Portugal!
Choupal National Heath is a national heath in Coimbra, Portugal. It is a short distance from the city downtown and runs alongside the Mondego River. The forest has trails for jogging, walking, cycling and horse-riding.
This grove of poplar trees (choupos), was planted in 1791, in an attempt to stop the floods of the Mondego. The trees of Choupal were therefore planted to allow a better settling of the riverbed. Since the 19th century many other trees, including planes (sycamores), beechs, laurels, and eucalyptus have grown in the area. Today the forest is a popular place for recreation, exercise and picnics.
Mata Nacional do Choupal (Coimbra - Portugal)
Plantado em 1791, o choupal ocupa uma área de 79 hectares, bordejando o rio Mondego numa extensão de 2 Km.
A Mata Nacional do Choupal, localizada em Coimbra, Portugal, nasceu da necessidade de quebrar a impetuosidade das cheias do Mondego.
Araucaria forest, Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. Most of this forest type is destroyed, only small patches exist today. This is Araucaria angustifolia and it only occurs in south eastern Brazilian highlands. Not to be confused with the second South American Araucaria species, A. araucana, which occurs in the far south of Argentina and Chile.
I used to study Carpenter Bees in this wonderful forest in southern Brazil. More than 10 years ago.... Never spent that much time in the clouds ;-) ( Pterodactylus69)