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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

The picture is of horses in the road. When I stayed with friends in The New Forest, UK, where free range ponies roam (not actually wild), they often block the road in groups, and nothing apparently ...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

Bear in mind that these photos weren't spur-of-the-moment snaps. The skilled photographers who took them likely went to great effort to capture them at exactly the right moment, when the weather was ...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

The best views are the unexpected ones. When are on a hillside and suddenly a gap opens up in the mist through which you glimpse a small lake in the valley down there that you didn't even know ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

In my country, since it's a large country with a lot of long highways across deserts and mountains where a wide range of animals cross the streets (mainly camels, baboons and donkeys), I have faced ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

While what constitutes a "best" spot is subjective, here are some popular options: Icho Namiki This road is located in Tokyo, between the Gaienmae and Aoyama-Itchome stations. The best time to visit ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

Stay in your car, as in the car you are a car and not a danger or enemy. Walking you may be seen as danger and the animals may try to scare you off, which can be dangerous for your health. If you do ...
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What is the white fluff floating around in Northern Italy (Lombardy) in Spring?

Strictly speaking, they are the seeds and not the pollen :-) Milano and surroundings are really green and full of mountains and trees and parks, poplars especially are quite popular (pun intended), ...
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I would like to travel to (the smallest) island where there are squirrels

Madagascar or Mauritius, both are islands and both have Indian Palm Squirrels. They aren't that far from South Africa too. This species of squirrels is not native to neither Madagascar or Mauritius, ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

It depends on the species. If you're driving in Sápmi (Lapland) and there are reindeer on the road, shout at them. They'll understand a human voice much better than a car honk or engine. You may ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

Visit Toyko's Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to experience the ginko tunnel in the Meiji-Jingu Gaien, the golden canopy and carpet the most glorious in the autumn.
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Where near the Dead Sea can you most likely get to see a Hyrax?

Speaking strictly statistically, judging by the official range of the creature, it actually runs in two bands from the north of the Dead Sea, down the west a bit, and down the east. Notably, not SW (...
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I would like to travel to (the smallest) island where there are squirrels

If you come to the UK, don't bother with grey squirrels, which are classified as an invasive animal pest species (introduced from the USA) and have almost wiped out the native European red squirrels. ...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

This is very much an opinion-based question. That said, it's my experience that if you travel enough, you'll eventually be lucky enough to witness some pretty darn beautiful sights with your own eyes: ...
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Am I likely to see a snake on a desert safari or in a souk in Dubai?

I’m planning to visit the souks and take a desert safari including dinner at a campsite during my 5 day holiday in Dubai Chances of such an encounter in a Souk are negligible, Those are crowded ...
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On the trail of the Alpine Ibex in Switzerland

I recommend going to Creux du Van, Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland. It is not in the Alps, but in Jura. Tt is very close to 100% sure you see an Ibex there. They normally don't flee there, cause you ...
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Parts of Scotland without sheep

It is not just sheep - in many parts of Scotland, the main problem is overgrazing by deer. Especially in the highlands - much of the land is owned by shooting estates, who want to maintain high ...
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Is it dangerous to camp in western Ukraine?

Western Ukraine is generally very safe. The region of Carpathian mountains is very touristy and attracts thousands of campers/hikers from all over the Central and Eastern Europe every year. Please be ...
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Is it common/accepted to bring a dog in Tuscany (Italy)?

We have a very different etiquette compared to where? (yes, I'm italian) Anyway, I see a lot of people bringing their dogs to the restaurant, so I don't see any problem. Especially if the dog is ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

In the UK, the Highway code offers specific guidance: Rule 214 Animals. When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your ...
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Where near the Dead Sea can you most likely get to see a Hyrax?

TL;DR There is indeed such a place next to Ein Gedi, called Nahal David (David Creek). Though nothing is guaranteed with wild animals. Full Answer I am actually hoping to get a close look at Hyrax A ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

You could visit the biggest Ginkgo biloba tree in Japan. It is the Kitakanegasawa no Ichou. It has a girth of about 22m, and is estimated to be over 1000 years old. In terms of girth, it is probably ...
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Why is the water in the Waco Cable Park so green?

They dye it to cover the color the soil it's built on would usually give the water: "If there’s any drawback to BSR it’s that, because all the water attractions are man-made and dug into the clay ...
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Are there wisteria tunnels close to Tokyo?

Yes. The Ashikaga Flower Park is within day trip distance from Tokyo, and has a wisteria tunnel (as well as some other very impressive non-tunnel wisteria.) I've been there during peak wisteria and I ...
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On Algonquin Park's Walking Trails, how likely are you to encounter and be threatened by dangerous animals?

From the Friends of Algonquin page on bears: Although Black Bears are reasonably common in Algonquin Park with the population thought to be around 2,000 (about one for every three square kilometres)...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

Let's be blunt. Someone who feels cheated by reality, perceiving it as bland and wants to instantly perceive it as more vivid has basically this option: take drugs of some sort. On this topic, there ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

There are Ginkgo trees in a lot of areas of Japan. So it depends a lot on where you want to go otherwise. Since the other answers focus on Tokyo I will just throw some answers for the Kansai area. ...
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Beachy Head Suicide Spot, Chaplaincy Donation?

I found a street address for the chaplaincy. It is: Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team Trinity Centre, Trinity Place, Eastbourne East Sussex UK BN21 3BX You could try swinging by that location during ...
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