Tree Tuesday

I do not know who thought of this theme or when it started circulating the blogosphere, but I have noticed “Tree Tuesday” popping up on some of the blogs I follow.

Trees certainly deserve this recognition, they are magnificent, stately and so varied in all their species, forms, shapes and colours. Leaf by leaf they are helping to save our planet with their carbon changing, photosynthesis.

They also make fantastic photographic models. I have hundreds of tree photos in my archives so I would like to join this tree theme each Tuesday and show you one of my tree photos

Boab tree Kununurra

Boab tree Kununurra

The following information about the Boab tree I found on Google, click here for more information and pictures …

“Every boab tree is unique. They have character and personality as you would expect of such an ancient creature. Some individual boab trees are 1500 years old and older, which makes them the oldest living beings in Australia, and puts them among the oldest in the world.

Aboriginals used the giants as shelter, food and medicine. For the white settlers they served as easily recognisable land marks and meeting points, and not to forget as impromptu prison cells.”

Boab Tree Facts

The Australian boab tree (Adansonia gregorii) is related to the Madagascan and African Adansonia species known as baobabs. Like its relatives it is sometimes called a “bottle tree“, but we locals refer to the trees as just boabs.

There are two theories about how boab trees arrived in Australia. One says the seeds have floated here from Africa and spread from the coast. The other theory suggests boabs might have survived from the time when Africa and Australia were both still part of one continent, the ancient Gondwana, 65 million years ago.

A mature boab tree is a sight to behold. Though not exceptionally high, up to 15 metres, they appear huge. The name bottle tree relates to the swollen trunk that can reach a massive girth of up to 20 metres.

The boab is a very slow growing tree and it takes many hundred if not thousand years to grow into one of those impressive specimen.

 

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Tree Tuesday

  1. Woohoww! This is insanely beautiful! Amazing tree!!
    It is Jeff’s idea, http://www.jsodphotography.com , visit him if you haven’t already, great photography!
    Thanks for joining in on Tree Tuesday, and sharing our love for trees! 🙂
    Happy Tree Tuesday!
    Marie

  2. Oh I just love these trees. Thank you also for the information on them, I was very interested and amazed at the age that they can live to.

    • Some of them do look very old and gnarled but I never realised them could get that old till I read it in google

  3. I cannot stop marveling at how fat and bloated the trunk of this tree is. I’ve never seen a tree quite like this in my adventures through the forests of the Western United States. Quite remarkable, thanks for sharing it as a part of Tree Tuesday.

    • I just fell inlove with this tree they are almost human in character and every one is different I took so many photos of them, hard to choose just one for the post

  4. What a wonderful theme. Up north, in Zimbabwe, there are very similar looking trees which we call boababs – clearly they’re first cousins with your boabs. When we were young, we’d call them upside down trees because it looks like the roots were pointing up to the sky instead of being in the ground. There are some magnificent, enormous boababs near the SA / Zimbabwe border.

    • The branches are like the roots waving at you, or a tree with a very bad hair day!!!
      Thanks for dropping by. Why don’t you post one of your trees next Tuesday? Tag the post tree Tuesday so others can find you.

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