Baobab Tree

We just returned from safari and are slowly adjusting to life back home. Whereas last year we visited South Africa and Botswana, this time we visited Tanzania, specifically Tarangire National Park, Lake Maryana, the Ngorongoro Crater, and finally the Serengeti. I’ll be posting pictures from our trip over the next several weeks, after we’ve gotten back into living in the correct timezone. But for now, here’s a picture of a Baobab Tree from Tarangire, and way more information than you wanted to know about it.

The Baobab tree is not actually a tree, but a succulent, meaning it has more in common with a cactus than a redwood. They can live over 1000 years, and it’s impossible to date them. There are no rings to count and carbon dating is inexact at best because the ‘tree’ is somewhat fibrous and regrows itself over time. Because of the way they grow, they end up hollow, making a nice space for people or critters to live. Elephants will often strip the bark off the tree, either through random damage or for eating, and that appears to have happened with this tree.

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Baby Elephant Walk

What you don’t see in this picture is the circus tent to the right that they’re walking into. That, and the clowns, whom I had to Photoshop out. I hate clowns. Taken in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Lion Cubs

These guys were left to play on an ant hill, supervised by two lionesses who were watching from about 50 yards away. From Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Hairy Warthog

These little guys were a bit shy so we were never able to get very close to them. Taken in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Stretching Lioness

They’re just like my cats back home. Except with bigger teeth. Ok, maybe not. But I bet this one would know what to do with a scratching post. Taken in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Solo Giraffe

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Taken on safari in Sabi Sands, Africa.

A Dazzle Of Zebras

Crows have murders. Zebras have dazzles. Who knew? We spotted these one day on safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa. I do know that zebra pictures have to be in black and white. It’s the law or something. So, here’s my first attempt at a black and white zebra pic.

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Elephant Eye

Taken in Sabi Sands, South Africa. Who knew they had crazy long eye lashes?

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African Plains

Looking out across the South African plains.

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Leopard In A Tree In Botswana

We saw several leopards during our safaris in South Africa and Botswana. For the most part, they just ignored us and went about their business. Leopards like being in trees and are great climbers. We encountered this guy walking around and followed him for a bit, until he decided to take a break and pose for us.

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