A PUB in a tree! Preposterous!
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|I know this page is technically about photography but the Baobab is bound to raise some controversy. I was met by many comments about the trunk being hollow housing a pub of all things. This has been bothering me too but let me try and explain the facts very briefly: The baobab is biologically very different from an ordinary tree in that it has no core and its wood consists of fibers high in water content, resembling decaying willow wood but much more dense than a succulent. Some trees become hollow on the inside as part of a natural process without hampering its growth. Secondly the idea to have a pub inside comes from the days when the Lowveld was like the pioneering of the American Wild West. The first facilities established in a "town" used to be the watering hole which was also the chemist/drug store and ammunition dealer, not just a pub - so I am told.
The last controversy is size: I used the word "allegedly" the biggest because there are 3 trees being mentioned as the biggest and the fact giving rise to this discrepancy has to do with the height at which the circumference is measured around the trunk and some people use "size" as synonymous with "height".
The first photo shows the massive trunk and the door, then the pub on the inside and the bottom right shows a small "lounge" next door.
This tree is estimated to be 6000 years of age!
My previous two uploads of the "biggest" trees:
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Wow...what a great conversation piece... I have never ever seen anything like this...that trunk is so big....this is great, thank you so much for sharing...goes in my favorites
Wow... it certainly looks like a cozy nook, especially with the blankies and pillows! That's a new twist for a pub! :0)
HUGE !! if this is not wounding the tree, this is a wonderfull place for inspiration & love, Nice capt'shot & document !
xxxxx, Thks 4share,
Great photos & wonderfully described! Thanks for the facts on this amazing tree! Well done mate....
What a gigantic tree. Fantastic and very interesting shots!!
Beautiful Photography. Excellent!! Congratulations!!
Thoroughly professional photography allied to absorbing information. Really, really good.
The history of this is very interesting...nicely done...
wowwww, very good idea this house-tree and excellent pictures !!! Thank you for this information!!! Good day and hugs :)
Your photos are great, and your written explanations and descriptions are truly educational and interesting. Thanx.
Fantastic collage! Look at the design and to think that humans and trees are sharing space in harmony is great! Wonderful clear photos and great information!
Way cool buddy! Now the word treehugger starts to make sense! Claiming their love for nature - they just go INTO the tree to get drunk!
Great images - thanks for the info, too!
So impressiv this tree!
Fabulous captures of the tree and its insides. You can really get a glimpse of its size by the woman at the entrance in the top image. Great work on this huge tree. Pretty neat how you presented it!!
Wow!!! I'd love to have a drink inside!!! that's incredible!!! bravo Piet for the captures and information!!!
What a photo op that tree is Piet, awesome details and a delight to explore......
Hope that's true and have confidence if you're sure about the "no nuisance"
for that marvellous 6 Thd years tree ( such awesome age !!! Miracle !)
Extraordinaire chose de la vie ...!
It's a good idea nevertheless that's pub..
thanks for sharing that particular and unknown beauty ...!
OMG, what a huge tree! Just saw your previous post too...6000 years! That's incredible! I'd love to have a drink in there! Beautiful!
Great series of interesting shots!
Always so informative :) I feel better knowing that they didn't cut in the tree to make the pub but still... lol I see you put your signature above the door lol So that is Busi pub? Wonderful pictures, thank you :)
Didn't you share these views with us once before?
Well, the info is a bit more expansive, and it is one of the most interesting things I've seen this side of Tolkien's Shire! :)
Fantastic place and capture!!!
wow, what a super super work!!!! excellently done!!! :)
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