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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-09
Categories: Trees, Savannah
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): West African Wildlife and Environments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 8:57
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Points: 32
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I took this shot with my wife 5D - by this time our driver had dropped my 1Ds abd the shutter had jammed! This shot shows an unusually large number of trees - for baobabs this constitutes a 'forest'.

Adansonia is a genus containing eight species of trees, native to Madagascar (having six species), mainland Africa and Australia (one species in each). The mainland African species also occurs on Madagascar, but it is not a native of that island.

A typical common name is baobab. Other common names include boab, boaboa, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. The species reach heights of 5 to 30 metres (16 to 98 ft) and have trunk diameters of 7 to 11 metres (23 to 36 ft). An African Baobab specimen in Limpopo Province, South Africa, often considered the largest example alive, has a circumference of 47 metres (150 ft) and an average diameter of 15 metres (49 ft).

Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years old, which is difficult to verify as the wood does not produce annual growth rings, though radiocarbon dating may be able to provide age data.

The Malagasy species are important components of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests. Within that biome, A. madagascariensis and A. rubrostipa occur specifically in the Anjajavy Forest, sometimes growing out of the tsingy limestone itself.

Beginning in 2008, there has been increasing interest for developing baobab as a nutrient-rich raw material for consumer products.

Adansonia digitata, the baobab, is the most widespread of the Adansonia species on the African continent, found in the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. It also grows, having spread secondary to cultivation, in populated areas. The northern limit of its distribution in Africa is associated with rainfall patterns; only on the Atlantic coast and in the Sudan does its occurrence venture naturally into the Sahel. On the Atlantic coast this may be due to spreading after cultivation. Its occurrence is very limited in Central Africa and it is found only in the very north of Southern Africa. In Eastern Africa the trees grow also in shrublands and on the coast. In Angola and Namibia the baobabs grow in woodlands, and in coastal regions, in addition to savannahs.

The trees usually grow as solitary individuals, and are large and distinctive trees on the savannah, in the scrub, and near settled areas, with some large individuals living to well over a thousand years of age. The tree bears very large, heavy white flowers. The showy flowers are pendulous with a very large number of stamens. They carry a carrion scent and researchers have shown they appear to be primarily pollinated by fruit bats of the subfamily Pteropodinae. The fruits are filled with pulp that dries, hardens, and falls to pieces which look like chunks of powdery, dry bread.

The specific epithet digitata refers to the fingers of a hand, which the five leaflets (typically) in each cluster bring to mind.

The baobab is a traditional food plant in Africa, but is little-known elsewhere. It has been suggested that the vegetable has the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-18 9:45]

Hi James. I hope the camera is ok now. Not what i would expect so many trees in africa. As you say a forest for this area. They look as if they have been standing for a long time. With large trunks. All with interesting notes. TFS.

Hi James,
You know I have a weak spot for trees so this one surely made me want to look closer. Especially when it is a kind of tree you do not see often or in this I have never seen for real before.
I like the wide angle view and the depth of this photo. The room that you allowed above the trees is nice and gives an idea of the open feel.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-01-18 11:51]

Hola amigo,
splendid view,
atractive pov. and composition ...
majestic baobabs,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-18 12:59]

Very beautiful typical African landscape. Well balanced composition with nice, warm light. Wish to be there.
Best regards Siggi

hello James

a beautiful African landscape forest photo, fine POV, DOF
and wide angle framing, fine focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast between the sky's cold and the ground's
warm colour tones, TFS


Beautiful picture James both also - not very optimistic because of dry area and dead-like tree :>
Anyway, I like composition and natural colours, it must be much warmer that here and now in winter Lodz ;>
All the best,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-18 15:32]

Hi James,

Good that you had more than one camera with you! Hope all is well now. I am smiling at your "forest." It's a beautiful scene and these trees are very pretty. They look familiar - I might have seen one in Australia. I love the composition and the fact that you left so much of the pretty sky.


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-01-18 20:20]

Hi James,
A simple neat photo well composed with good depth to show this baobab forest.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-18 23:24]

Hi James,
Very nice landscape.I liked low level POV,large DOF,lighting and composition a lot.I hope your camera will ok soon.Have anice day!
Thanks for posting..

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2010-01-18 23:47]

Hello James,
It's been a long time since i came around and it is great to look at the posts you have made in past months during this brief visit of mine.
The baobab tree "forest" is a new one for me.And with this PoV you have a nice perspective of the tree with its sprawling branches.Pulp drying and falling off to look like chunks of bread...made me sit up and scrutinise the tree wee bit closer on the monitor.That is certainly a tree i would like to see for real.

Hi Bro James,

Nice selection of colours, such a peaceful looking scene. it looks like a very photogenic location to go. The sharpness looks great, the trees provide a good focal point too. Well captured. Great notes as usual.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-19 2:14]

Hi James,
boababs are really fascinating. This one is wonderful as they are so many of them in a very classical arrangement.
Lovely view.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-19 5:14]

Hello James,
Beautiful photo in a very good composition. Good sharpness.
I think you know the famous story of 'How God created the Baobab'.

Ciao James, fantasitc landscape with wonderful baobab, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello James,
a very beautiful landscape with fascinating giants, superb sharpness and splendid natural colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hallo James
You have captured this landscape filled with Baobabs beautifully. The wide open space with trees as far as the eye can see adds to the speciality of this already special image. These Baobabs are really extremely beautiful, and very stately and imposing with a distinct character. I personally think they are one of nature's greatest gifts for us to appreciate for withstanding the test of times, season after season, year in and year out. Thanks for sharing this very interesting and most appreciative subject. Best regards.

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