One of My Favorite Trees: the Baobab Tree
There are many handsome --beautiful-- plants and animals in creation. Some are geometrically stunning. Proportioned perfectly. Others seem weird. Yet in their weirdness, there is a majestic quality not found in human substitutes.
For me, it's the Baobab tree. It is not what most of us would call your standard tree. It's certainly not a shade tree. It would be incredibly difficult for a kid to climb. Most people would not want to plant one in their yard. But there's just something special about it.
And, oddly enough, it is a useful tree. It produces edible fruit. And, interestingly, even the seeds (dried and pounded) are used for their good qualities. Found primarily in Madagascar, it's a tree one is not likely to forget. But then, you've seen the picture.
Image Credit » Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/trees-landscape-plants-baobab-1504652/
MegL wrote on May 31, 2018, 5:34 PM
Yes, I heard about it as a child. It is fascinating.1
lookatdesktop wrote on May 31, 2018, 11:39 PM
You are an incredibly gifted writer Vincent. You always have something interesting to write about that catches my attention.
VinceSummers wrote on June 1, 2018, 8:54 AM
Thanks, Anthony. I regret I had to use a sub-standard photo for the tree, which was free and Pixabay, because there are many far superior portraits of the Baobab. Check it out!
lookatdesktop wrote on June 1, 2018, 9:50 AM
I will check it out. Sometimes Pixabay has some very excellent pictures and then they have some not so good. Good thing they offer some good pics for free. I like using Pixabay for title images for my posts. The Baobab tree is very unusual looking in any case and makes me a bit curious about it. I will check it out.1
MegL wrote on June 5, 2018, 1:25 PM
Here is one on Wikipedia. The page is in French but it says you can use it as long as you credit the author. https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Baobab_tree_-near_Sand_River_Selous,_Selous_Game_Reserve,_Tanzania-8.jpg