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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18 comments
Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

A very beautiful, serene and timeless scene captured perfectly within the mist !

Hats off to you Marsel !

Crystal Ha
Crystal Ha

I want to come there now. It's beautiful place

Bharat Mudgal
Bharat Mudgal

These beautiful pictures help us know that such amazing places and flora exists. Wonderfully captured! Thanks for posting it. 

Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

Such magnificent stoic protectors of the lands and their queen.

Melissa W.
Melissa W.

"Mother of the forest"...and I love how it holds so much water and the hollows of old baobab are home to many that grace the earth. Stunning.

Louise Dukes
Louise Dukes

So beautiful. It's like something from a fairytale.

A. Gog
A. Gog

A moment of peace !

sujit  ganguly
sujit ganguly

I had known about the Baobab Tree as up side down tree. Anyway this information truly great for me that it may store that much amount of water.

Thanks for sharing this. 

Chao Jie
Chao Jie

 this kind of tree is callde 猴面包树in china

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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