May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

Mother of the Forest

Photograph by Marsel van Oosten, National Geographic Your Shot

“These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old,” writes Your Shot member Marsel van Oosten. Locally known as “mother of the forest,” the baobab forms a micro-ecosystem of its own, supporting life for both animals and humans, van Oosten says. “Old hollow baobabs are a home to snakes, bats, bush babies, bees, and sometimes even humans. More importantly, the tree is an important source of water—it can store up to 4,000 liters of water in its trunk. For Africa, it is literally the tree of life.”

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4 comments
Janos Illes
Janos Illes

What a life coming from those trees.... Amazing shot.

Claire  Mason
Claire Mason

Those trees are awesome! I love the way the light is coming into the photo.

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