I come from British Columbia, Canada, so that means it’s pretty hard to impress me with big trees. People come from all over the world to be awestruck by the magnificent old growth forest I grew up with.
But one tree I was impressed by is the incredible Baobab Tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
It’s not necessarily the size of the tree. There are taller trees, there are wider trees, there are older trees, even though the Baobab can live to be thousands of years old. It’s really the shape and stature of the tree.
It often stands alone, looking like it has been plucked out of the ground and stuck back in upside down with it’s roots in the air. Like the camels of the tree world, it’s cork-like bark is fire resistant and holds thousands of gallons of water which helps it survive the long dry season. In fact, they have been known to survive for 10 years without rain!
The deep gouges in the tree’s trunk are from elephants that strip it’s bark to obtain moisture in the dry season.
Baobab trees make excellent photography subjects because of the shape of the tree, especially when you photograph them against a dramatic sky.
This is an HDR (high dynamic range) image made by combining three exposures in post processing. After combining the exposures, I finished it off by using Topaz Restyle to give it the colour style I wanted.