Photographer's Note

While I have seen many pictures of baobabs on TE, I have yet to cross one taken from Benin. Here then is a Beninese baobab tree taken during the dry season. I'm fairly certain that baobabs shed their leaves annually during the dry season, which is why none are present here.

Baobabs, according to what I learnt while in Benin, are sometimes called elephant trees (surely due to their massive size!). Others say they are upside down trees ... without the leaves, the branches look more like roots.

Baobabs also bear fruit, which are edible. I've uploaded a photo in the workshop so you can see what these look like (you eat the non-stringy white stuff).

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Additional Photos by Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 134 W: 10 N: 173] (1078)
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