Baobab Trees

When many people think of Africa they think of photos of sunsets with a solitary tree in the picture.   This tree is could be the baobab tree as they can be very large and are usually found as solitary trees instead of in a forest.  They can be very old; in fact one is thought to be over 4000 years old.  They do not have growth rings like most trees but can be carbon dated for age.  They also have hollow spots in the trunk where fresh water collects.  This fresh water can be a life saver during a drought for both people and animals.  Recent research on their fruit and leaves show that there may be many uses for products made from this remarkable tree.  We saw quite a few baobab trees in the northern part of Kruger National Park.  I thought they were very pretty, here are some photos of some of them.

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