Working out in the field monitoring baobab fruit is thirsty work! So what could be better than to relax with a Drifter’s Upside Down Baobab & Ginger Weiss Beer as you settle down for the night under a magnificent Baobab tree…
Do you live near a baobab tree? Calling all citizen scientists! We need YOUR help to find out how baobab pollination really happens in SA. Join the Baobab Blitz on 18th & 19th November and help us figure out what’s pollinating our Baobab trees. Is it bats? Is it hawkmoths? You could be instrumental in helping us find out once and for all!
Baobab trees and animals often spend time together. Here, Vanessa Bristow reveals through her quiet, observant lens, a bird’s guide to the baobab tree
Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wanted to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. The Little BIG BAOBAB book is for everyone who loves baobab trees…
As some of hardiest, long-lived trees around, Baobabs know how to make the most of scarce resources, especially water. On World Water Day, when we’re bringing awareness to one of our Earth’s most precious resources, what lessons can we learn from Baobabs?
How are baobab flowers pollinated? It’s still a subject for considerable research and Nisa Karimi has been studying baobab flower pollination in the Limpopo area.
Skelmwater is a bare stony hillside dotted with baobab trees, but this has become a special place for Sarah Venter and Diana Mayne. The baobab trees here are each numbered and painted with a neat stripe around their girth. The girth of these trees has been measured since 1931. Diana and Sarah discovered this […]
Bernadette McCabe is a Fine Art – Documentary stills photographer based in Cape Town who has developed a deep passion for colour, light, style, mood & texture… and for the magic of telling a story through the lens of a camera and capturing it in a single frame. She loves to create imagery that will move […]
Last December I visited the Sagole Big tree which is looking more magnificent than ever. Located in Vendaland, Limpopo Province, The tree has been carbon dated as being 1200 years old! It is the biggest baobab in the world. It has a girth of 37 m and a height of 22 meter and its crown measures 38 […]
Baobab: is there some wondrous special quality which comes from eating the fruit borne by such very ancient trees.
In the last of our series featuring photographer Vanessa Bristow’s wonderful work, we leave you with these simply stunning photos of baobab trees at sunset. It’s not difficult to see where EcoProducts got its inspiration from for its striking logo! 🙂
Baobabs usually stand out in the landscape. But they can also blend… Photographer Vanessa Bristow captures this beautifully here.
Photographer Vanessa Bristow has wonderfully captured these different birds perched in baobab trees in Zimbabwe. Featured here are a Marabou Stork, an owl and a pair of Bennett’s woodpeckers busily pecking away (the female below the male). As Vanessa says of her photographs: ‘They are in humble tribute to a mighty tree! Baobab’s provide shade in summer, beautiful […]
Here, talented photographer Vanessa Bristow shares some of her photographs of Baobabs taken at Sentinel Ranch in Zimbabwe. We’ll be featuring more of her stunning photographs during the week.
Spring has arrived in the Limpopo with budding baobabs! The baobab trees which have been bare for most of the year are bursting into bud and leaf. The round buds which look like fruit are actually flower buds. They will still grow to three times that size over the next month before they are ready […]
In the last few days of Arbour Month, we celebrate our wonderful indigenous trees with a final tree story from Sarah Venter: here she talks about the quirky mythological origins of the Baobab tree. And if you missed her clip on the Amazing Baobab and the third clip of the Tree series about our Champion Tree The […]
Do you recognise this painting? Find out how the Baobab has inspired other crafters, artists and photographers. Visit our Baobab Inspiration Pinterest page here: http://www.pinterest.com/ecoproductsza/baobab-inspiration-art-craft-photography/
As always in West Africa, people usually dress in vibrant colors, especially the women. It’s a beautiful sight to see. Around Boukombé, the markets are the most animated during the dry season. People are not otherwise occupied with agricultural labor, and harvests are in, so there is plenty to buy. The temperature that time of […]
In the 16 000 sq km of Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana) lies an isolated dry granite rock island 10 metres high, forming a roughly 1km long crescent shape called Kubu Island. The entire island is a national monument, and is considered a sacred site by the indigenous people of the area. The almost white rocks (covered in fossilised guano) share space […]
it's on the New York Best Seller List and has been described as a "Beautiful and powerful work at the intersection of fine art, science, and philosophy, spanning seven continents and exploring issues of deep time, permanence and impermanence, and the interconnectedness of life, Rachel Sussman has written a wonderful book "The Oldest Living Things in […]
The area has had lovely late rains, but this has affected our normal fruit harvesting time. Normally all the fruit would have fallen to the ground by now and been picked up by our harvesters, but this year more than half of them are still on the trees. So we are waiting for the fruit […]
When baobabs are still young they are vulnerable to damage. This young baobab was damaged at the base, but it was helped to survive by coppicing (sprouting). After a few years most of the coppice shoots die but two or three remain leaving the tree to develop into a multistemed tree which you can clearly see in […]
A few years ago I was called by a local farmer to see some baobabs that were very ill and dying. There was a group of four baobabs, some of them were still standing and others had already collapsed in to a heap of fibre. This tree was still standing, but was hot and ‘sweaty’ with […]
Recently, friend and baobab fan Shona sent through this delightful photo taken near Xigera Reserve, Okavango Delta in April this year. It shows their guide pointing out elephant damage to a baobab tree. It’s old elephant damage and you can see in the picture how the wound has healed over with new bark. It’s quite wonderful how baobabs manage to […]
An exquisite image of Baines baobabs in Botswana. From our collection of beautiful baobabs.