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:
Thank you for comments and visits, your time is highly appreciated.
Jan 30, 2007 1:17:34 pmby Laelia Homepage »
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 ...!