I hope you enjoy my next "photographic adventure" as much as I will sharing it with you.....
Monday, 30 May 2016
Whilst driving up from the beach in Myumba this weekend, I was so
excited to spot 3 baobabs! If you had been following my blog whilst in
Moz, you would have known about my addiction to these trees! It just
made me feel "more at home" in a very alien country.... I googled to
find out more about baobabs in Gabon, and there is hardly any
information. Gabon is really not the ideal climate for baobabs, and
there are not many recorded. Some say seeds were brought from Senegal
to plant in gardens, others that they were carried by different tribes.
I think the sea or rivers carried the fruit and with the ideal
temperatures, they sprouted. The 3 trees we found are close to the
beach. We have driven past these trees twice before and never noticed
them as they were covered in leaves, now as their leaves are falling,
we noticed them. Here is one of the many traditional stories about the
famous Baobab. The Creator is said to have initially planted the Baobab
in the rainforests of the Congo Basin (Gabon isn't too far away) , but
the tree complained that the dampness made his trunk swell. So the
Creator moves it to the higher slopes of the Ruwenzori Range,
the "mountains of the moon", but the Baobab continued to grumble about
the humidity. Angered by the incessant wailing, the Creator took the
swollen trunk and tossed it into the dryer parts of Africa (Tete!) and
the tree landed upside down with its roots in the air......
Check the little birds, only noticed these once I had downloaded the pics onto the computer...
A little far away, but it was in an army camp, so was denied permission...