The Spikiest Tree – Gleditsia Caspica

There is a tree in parc de la tête d’or that is seriously spiky. The Gleditsia Caspica; a tree from the mountainous Caucasus region in Iran.

Without leaves the spikes are exposed and they look mean. In a month or two the leaves will return as summer approaches and the spikes will all but disappear from sight.

A spiky tree in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or
A spiky tree in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or
Gleditsia caspica, also known as the Caspian locust
Gleditsia caspica, also known as the Caspian locust

Sudden Hailstorm

After a couple of days with brilliant blue sky, today has been overcast and wet. A hailstorm rolled in this afternoon.

I stood watching the hail falling for a few moments before realising I could probably create a short film from the event. I rushed to my camera, captured some footage, then rushed again for my microphone. Better sound makes all the difference.

The hailstorm was uneventful but it was fun filming and putting together this film. All done within an hour – including the YouTube administration.

Hailstone on the windowsill
Hailstone on the windowsill

Selfie Sticks

I first noticed selfie sticks during our trip to Brussels. I had heard of them before but never seen them in use.

A woman takes her photo with a selfie stick and phone camera.
A woman takes her photo with a selfie stick and phone camera.

A selfie stick is an extendable pole with a clamp on one end. The clamp holds your camera or phone. Using the stick you can take photos of yourself without needing anyone else’s help.

I presume the camera is triggered with a remote or through a timer.

A couple play with a selfie stick in church.
A couple play with a selfie stick in church.

Watching these sticks in use, I noticed the the owners rarely took the camera off the stick. It appeared to make taking normal photos difficult. I wonder if the mechanism to clamp on the camera was too fiddly to allow quick attaching and detaching.


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Warmth Returning

The first flowers are appearing in the park. Winter is nearly behind us and warmth is returning to the days.

First flowers of 2015.
First flowers of 2015.
Winter colours.
Winter colours.
Leaves clinging on through winter.
Leaves clinging on through winter.

We walked in parc feyssine yesterday. Compared to the refined and cultivated feel of parc de la tête d’or, feyssine feels less managed. The two parks almost touch and both are well looked after, but they seem designed for different audiences.


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If you are visiting Lyon and have limited time, visit parc de la tête d’or.

If you live here and want to escape the city without travelling too far, visit parc feyssine. While you are in the area, you can walk across one of the new bridges.