Nature Blog Network Future Earth: Bountiful Baobabs

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Bountiful Baobabs

"Baobab trees are living monuments, the oldest natural things in Africa, outlasting every plant and animal around them”.....

.....words that lead you in to a beautifully crafted exploration of this iconic tree. The author’s persistently inquisitive mind unearths a wealth of detail – cultural, ecological, geographic, historical – as he follows his nose around mainland Africa and Madagascar visiting individual trees and meeting the people who use and respect them.

The smile of a young Mozambican honey gatherer, dripping with honeycombs retrieved from the baobab whose height and trunk protected this bounty from all but the bravest tree climbers (human or otherwise)... has never left me. The images – photographic or literary – in this gem will similarly linger and luxuriate in your mind.

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