“There’s a whisper in the wind… be quiet and you can hear it.
Doesn’t need to fear it, when the weather gets cloudy.
It knows its true colors and reveals them proudly.
It cannot be not shy, because when it looks around.
It realizes every other tree is similar,
Just different branches in the ground all waiting to be found.” Tyler James
Hoe moeilik is dit nie om hierdie af te neem – dan wys die koper, dan nie, dan wys net geel kolle, dan spring die blou op die bome uit. Belowe dit is nie heeltemal so confusing met die gewone oog. Hulle staan 1.4 meter hoog, kleintjie is 400mm breed en die grote is 1meter groot.
Hiers hy nou – Die kiekie sal moet dien. Die Boababs ontmoet donderdag hulle baas 😀
Hierdie raakgelees oor die boom
Technically known as Adansonia Digitata, Baobabs are also commonly known as “upside down” or monkey bread trees. As the largest succulent plant in the world, Baobabs can sometimes grow to heights of 20 metres and beyond. It’s very common for them to hollow out as they age, and several clever people have turned large Baobabs into a range of things, including a bar, shop and even a holiday spot!
Baobabs are hardy and seemingly indestructible. They are renowned for being difficult to kill and will even regrow bark if stripped of it or burnt. Their hardiness makes them into perfect homes and shelters for animals, birds and creatures of all sizes.
Built with purpose
But the tree’s multi-purpose existence doesn’t end there, as its nectar, fruit and flowers are an important food source too. The Baobab tree’s fruit is an egg-shaped capsule that, within its hard outer shell, contains a dry, powdery substance along with black seeds. The powder can be used to create a refreshing drink and is even said to be a good treatment for fevers. It’s also been used as a thickener in gravies, jams and sauces.
The large white flowers of the Baobab tree are sweetly scented and emerge during the late afternoon. They fall off the tree within 24 hours though, quickly turning brown and releasing a pungent smell. And in just another way that the Baobab tree keeps giving to the world around it, the flowers then become food for passing antelope.
Because Baobabs are found in dry, arid regions, they grow slowly as a result of not receiving much rainfall. But the nooks and crannies of the trees can become useful little wells that hold water, important for both animals and people who stop for a drink and to enjoy the shade of the tree.
Some traditional folklore suggests that by drinking water that Baobab seeds have been soaked in, people would be protected from crocodile attack. Other traditional tales and rituals imply that young boys must be bathed in water soaked with the bark of a Baobab, as this will enable them to grow into strong and healthy men.
mooi ne…dieper en dieper raak my liefde ook nou vir die boom
ps – ek mis Positief en haar blog…..dink aan haar deur die tyd x