Monday, August 24, 2009

Baobab Toilet Tree

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I photographed this Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) in Katima Mulilo, northern Namibia. It had been hollowed out and a long-drop toilet installed. Unfortunately, the door was jammed so I couldn't get a pic of the inside. I didn't want to try and force the door in case i found something unpleasant ...

Apparently, at Kasane in Botswana, one of these giant trees was once used as a prison.

According to Palgrave: Trees Of Southern Africa, "... very large specimens - those with a diameter of 8 m - may well be over 3,000 years old"

Also, "... it is small wonder that these extraordinary trees are surrounded by a wealth of African legend and superstition. There is a well-known tale that God planted them upside down and another that a lion will devour anyone rash enough to pluck a flower from a Baobab tree, for the blossoms are believed to be inhabited by spirits"


1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Well I got my post up using two of your pictures.


    Let me know what you think.