Sunday, April 10, 2011

Photo Hunt: Trees

 Ancient baobab,
your moisture lifeblood to the
mighty elephant...
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Baobab trees are 40% moisture, and are an essential source of liquids for elephants, particularly in the dry season.
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To get at the damp bark, an elephant will gouge the trunk with his tusks, resulting in trees that look like the one above...or he may simply push over a smaller tree to get at the parts he wants. Evidence of this technique is displayed in the many felled stumps that dot the savannah...
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This is my late entry for the Saturday Photo Hunt, whose theme for the week is 'trees'. Pop into this link to enjoy more tales on the prompt...
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9 comments:

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

How majestic - both the animals and the trees.

Love this part...He might even push the tree over to get the parts he wants!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Fascinating photos!

Keetha Broyles said...

I went to Zambia "back in the day" and your photos are bringing back all kinds of memories.

I have a baobab tale of my own - - - perhaps I shall post it because of the inspiration you have given me!

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, that is fascinating - wonderful images. Just great!

Pat said...

It's fascinating to read about the baobab trees. I had no idea they had so much water in them.

adrielleroyale said...

Those things are crazy lookin. :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Fantastic! Elephants and baobab trees in the same photo! My faves! Tree of life.

Mad Kane said...

Wild looking, indeed! Mad Kane

EG Wow said...

I've heard of baobob trees (A friend travels to Tanzania every year) but I had no idea elephants take moisture from them. Fascinating!