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Baobab Beauty

Baobab Beauty
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Copyright: Martyn Peck (Travelcam) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 792 W: 72 N: 1163] (10272)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993-09
Categories: Nature, Abstract, Mood
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-21 3:04
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This is one of many impressive examples of Baobab tree I saw in Madagascar, the world’s 4th largest island off the eastern aspect of mainland African continent.

90% of the wildlife (fauna and flora) are endemic to Madagascar and many of these species are threatened with extinction due to decreasing natural habitat.

One of the spectacles I saw during my travel was the sight of the awesome Baobab trees. One species is found on the continent but in Madagascar there 7 of the known 8 species known, including the dwarf Baobab which I saw clinging to rocks in a hot and arid National Park in the south.

This photo is of one of the larger species though this particular tree is a rather young specimen. These trees can store several thousand liters of water in their huge barrel-shaped trunks, allowing them to survive the dry season.

When they reach approximately 20 years of age they start to flower. These flowers appear in the early evening and are the size of dinner plates. Heavily perfumed, they attract bats and insects from far and wide across the vast plains for pollination. This is essential as each flower lasts only hours. The subsequent hard seeds, within hairy rugby ball-sized capsules, are eaten by many animals as they are nutritious and thus assure the spread of the species.

Because Baobabs can grow for many centuries, some are estimated in excess of 3000 years, they also reach very impressive dimensions. So impressive that they are often hollow enabling room sized cavities to be used for homes, meetings, even serving as a bar area as on at least one documented occasion.

These are undoubtedly a hallmark of this fascinating African country...Madagascar.


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They are incredible trees, well photographed Martyn

A very impressive tree Martyn.
Looks great in the sunset.
A bit of noise in the sky and trees and a bit pixilated on the trunk, but thats the difficulty with shooting in low light conditions.
Eye catching shot.

Hi there!
A great capture!
I love your composition, and the colours are wonderfully warm. It seems the tree is a little out of focus, I'm not sure if this was intentional...? But overall a great shot.
Well done!
PS - great note too!

Lovely image Martyn, good result from a scan. The slight noise adds to the hot desert ambience. I like it very much.

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2007-09-21 7:15]
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hi Martyn
great shot with excellent composition and pov

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2007-09-21 16:17]
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Impressive tree, one would say that it comes from another world :) Beautiful presentation with excellent colors. Thanks

Hi Martin, a bit noise, but great photografy of an imponent tree, nice colors and POV. TFS


For sure, this tree is a levely gift of nature...
Nice light here,

You are right on the baobab. Huge and magnificent tree

Hi Martin,
I love theese trees though I've seen the only on photos :)
Great composition, nice colours, TFS

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