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When you spend 3 hours meticulously drawing and shaping the branches and leaves, but then you get bored and spend two minutes finishing the trunk...
tree trunk noises
I am Groot?
cries in tree trunk
Joke aside it's kinda what the legend about the baobabs says. Basically god created everything like he wanted and so on. In the end he had the baobabs left to place but fed up with the whole process he just tossed them there where they crashlanded upside-down.
I feel like this is a game dev thing
The Little Prince trying his best.
Better watch out. Those things will fuck up your tiny planet.
edit: First gold! Thank you!
That's why you got to have your sheep on duty to eat 'em while they still look like rosebushes, fam.
Its curious that while sheep are raised in Madagascar, they do such a shitty job maintaining their bushes
No sheep in Madagascar only penguins
In Madagascar sheep were not eaten because people believed they held the souls of their ancestors. And theres only one breed of penguin in Madagascar, which oddly wasnt shown in the movie Penguins of Madagascar
Really?? I had no idea they held sheeps in such a regard
I went in to the comments hoping to see this but didn't expect to. Makes me so happy to see
That's the beauty of Reddit
Heavily underrated comment. But the adults here would never get it.
Je ne veux pas d'un éléphant dans un boa.
I don't want an elephant in a boa?
Also Je ne comprends pas
Yes. In the little prince a grown up who wanted to be an artist as a kid, draws a boa constrictor eating an elephant. When grownups see his drawing they say it's just a hat. When the little prince sees it he saids "I want a sheep not a boa eating an elephant." The prince wants a sheep to eat the baobabs on his tiny planet. If he let's the bushes get too big....catastrophe. It's a great book if you like to read!
Somewhat confused I just wiki’d baobab trees to see how they damaged the environment hah.....Thanks for explaining.
Can confirm. Am adult. Don’t get it.
Is it little big planet? I never played it.
The little Prince. Beautiful little book
The Little Prince.
Le Petit Prince
It's a good children's book. The baobabs represent responsibility and being more overwhelmed the longer you put things off.
no it's a tree
In the little prince .a grown up who wanted to be an artist as a kid, draws a boa constrictor eating an elephant. When grownups see his drawing they say it's just a hat. When the little prince sees it he saids "I want a sheep not a boa eating an elephant." The prince wants a sheep to eat the baobabs on his tiny planet. If he let's the bushes get too big....catastrophe. It's a great book if you like to read!
Heavily underrated comment. But the adults here would never get it... again.
Probably just see a hat.
I'm an adult and I came in here to tell you all to knock off this buffoonery right this minute.
I'm reading this in french right now!!
That was my first thought.
I am a tree kinda guy (small back-yard orchard) and I try to plant 50 trees a year (Native Paw-Paw this year) around the area.
It has been on my bucket list since I first saw a picture of these in college (late 80s early 90s) to plant a grove of these. Of course, that will require a trip to Africa, maybe even Australia ... and I'm cool with that.
There are paw-paws all over my garden here in the tropics of Australia. They look right at home with all the other "exotic" fruits. I was surprised to learn they're native to the USA.
Ironically they're extremely exotic here in the US. You can get all kinds of things at a typical grocery: dragon fruit, horned melon, durian, huckleberry (well, usually products of, but still), whatever. I've never seen a paw paw in a store in my whole life.
Yes! Been dying to try one but I'd have to plant two or more trees to do so it seems. They dont travel well, apparently, and require a lot of manual labor to remove the pulp from the skin and seeds which is why the flavor profile isnt even a well known one.
Not exotic occurrence-wise though. In the south-east it is not hard to find a pawpaw grove in semi-natural vegetation. They just don't ship well (typically rot a week or so after falling ripe off the tree)
Never heard of it until today. Just googled, and now I want to try one. I live in the area that is good for growth, too.
They don't have a long shelf-life, from what I know. I visited a guy's property here in coastal NJ who has tons of them planted. He gets a big huge harvest every year. He's basically over them and says "plant different types of winter squash instead", because you get way more of a crop to be appreciated in the long-term. Paw-paw's fruit all at once and then it's over. Restaurants do seem to catching on to them, though, so that's a positive thing. I'm going to plant a few on my brother's woodsy property. They are tastey. I wonder if they fruit more than once in a tropical climate.
What kind of animals appear on your garden?
I'm surrounded by sugar cane fields so there's not as much wildlife as there naturally would be around here.
I've counted at least 13 species of birds, ring-tailed possums, and... snakes. Large and extremely venomous snakes such as coastal taipans and mulgas, as well as pythons (last one I saw was probably a carpet python, but it was very angry so I didn't get a close look). When you leave town there are Eastern grey kangaroos, and platypuses in the streams up in the hills.
My favourite animal around here is the bush stone-curlew. You see them standing in gardens or around bushes in pairs. When approached, their defence is to stand very still. If you get closer, they start walking away very slowly, hoping you can't see them.
Wow! How do you deal with such dangerous snakes? Don't they stay in your garden for a good amount of time?
Nah, most snakes are just passing through. They don't really want anything to do with people.
Down where my brother lived, about 1,000km South of here, they had far more snakes trying to settle in, albeit usually less deadly ones. Up here they've always got better places to be.
asimina triloba? the term "paw paw" generally means something different in the tropics (carica papaya) than in the temperate US.
Hey man, from South Africa, I have 2 Adensonia Digitata bonsai trees that I have grown from seed. Not making any promises, but if I can, I might be able to post you some seeds?
I'm not sure what crimes we'd be committing trying to get that mail through Customs.
Most of the time, very few if they are properly declared. I’ve shipped seeds internationally and never had a problem. I’ve never dealt with South Africa but I’ve posted a few packages to and from the US. Call your local postal office and ask for the number of your local postmaster. They will either give you the info you need or give you the right contacts.
Best of luck my friend!
I don't think any, maybe on your side, but definitely not mine. Our country is very loose when it comes to pretty much any law whatsoever, there's no monitoring. I have sent and received different pepper and flower seeds from all over.
If I phoned the post office they probably wouldn't even know what I'm talking about and just say yes to not have to deal with customers.
Anyway I'll find out if you are interested.
Here are my two small trees. They are 4 and 6 years old.
Now is the cheapest time to fly to Madagascar in at least a decade, (probably ever). My tickets for last year and this summer were ~$850 each for a round trip from NYC-TNR, as compared to $3,100 in 2012, $2,600 in 2014, or $1,700 in 2016. If you're serious about going, you may want to look into a trip in the next year or so.
Are there laws against growing this type of tree in a neighborhood or anything like that? Asking for a friend who has wanted a Baobab tree in his yard since he was a kid.
I'm rural farmland with 69 acres to play with. Nobody cares.
Your laws/bylaws/ordinance/rules would be different from anyone else's, depending on where you live.
They won't grow here - they're warm weather. We regularly hit -15(F) every few years (-25?-ish (C)) They'd die out in the woodlot their first winter.
There are smaller baobab species on the mainland of Africa too.
Saw them in southern Kenya and northern
Kenya Tanzania. The seeds are sold as snacks; they’re sold dried and have powdery exterior with a strong sour taste. Not everyone likes the flavor, but I liked it. Good for making a lemonade type drink.
EDIT: added a photo, just a stock one though. These are found in the interior of a large pod.
EDIT 2: Just found out that one species is native to Australia as well: Adansonia gregorii
I used to get baobab powder to put in smoothies. They say that harvesting and selling the fruit is one of the only ways women in those communities are allowed to earn money. So most baobab is harvested by women (maybe all...not sure...maybe it was marketing bullshit. Who knows?)
OMG so that's what those are?? I've eaten them in my childhood (I'm from Cape Verde) but I had no idea they were baobab seeds. This changes my perspective completely!
This is lovely but don't be fooled.
The Madagascar we know and love from our childhood or the cartoons is in serious danger...or what's left of it. Due to a massive human population increase in the last few decades pollution and deforestation is devastating the wildlife and plant life.
These trees you're enjoying at the current rate won't be around for your kids to appreciate.
Read more here: https://www.wildmadagascar.org/conservation/threats.html
It makes me cry inside a bit, because the flora there is so interesting and distinct.
This comment should really be at the top. People love to enjoy things, but rarely are interested in protecting them.
There are some awesome conservation projects on the island, but definitely not enough. Ranomafana is an awesome national park with a lot of good conservation initiatives.
I like them big. I like them chunky.
I like them big. I like them chunky.
I like them big. I like them trunky.
They got that wet. Deep in they trunk[yay].
... so they can support a chungus monkey?
They hold water in the trunk so they can survive droughts... or so I've heard.
These ones are not even that thicc, check out this thicc tree:
Damn, that’s a Thicc tree
How about this one?
That’s the thiccest thing ever
Lynel near by
2 Lynels and a giant horse
I thought this is just where you capture the giant horse. There's an effing Lynel there I haven't noticed?
If you go by way of the quest, you will encounter some Lynel. If you are like me, you will find another way.
I'm here to join the giant horse gang.
There’s a korok seed on top of one of these trees
These trees are also known as “upside down” trees because it looks like the roots are coming out of the top.
Source: I’ve seen these in person at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and they drone on about them in the safari.
Also these trees used to be in a jungle surrounded by other trees. But all other trees have been chopped down while these were left alone because they are deemed sacred by the locals
Last headline I read was that they are dying...
Well... What do you expect when you destroy everything else in the environment which they spent millions of years assimilating with?
I was in Africa this past summer, and we drove through a part of Tanzania known as the Valley of the Baobabs. I was so excited to see this place, and it really was beautiful – but I left feeling saddened because most were dead or dying. An entire forest of them.
The trees in the picture are at most 200-400 years old. That article talks about the really old Boabab trees, which are over 1500 years old, and wider than a bus.
This is so sad. Thousands of years suddenly ends.
Weirdly the link doesn't mention Madagascar, I thought the trees were only there.
We humans are ending thousands of years of evolution every day in the seas, in the Amazon and amphibians, insects and fish stock are also potentially crashing within only decades.
Bio diversity might become our downfall. We're fucking up our future kids so bad I fear our age will become the "age of irresponsibility".
Sorry for the rant.
Baobabs are all across Africa.
They seemed to die during the study, which is odd. So maybe taking the core samples was infecting them with something?
I wonder if it is related to the global mycelium-layer dying.
Turns out trees form communities and share resources and killing every surrounding tree also harms the surviving trees because it cuts off the support system they rely on
Welcome to the biocide of the planet, one community, one biome at a time.
Did you read “Secret Life of Trees”? Got the book as a gift and have only got through the first chapter so far.
They were also spared as they don't provide useful lumber. The wood inside is soft and spongy. They do strip the bark from around the base though (you can see the scars on the above pic). It's used as a roofing material and the tree can recover from this.
Also in Madagascar they have issues with people starting brushfires in protected lands to then use for farming once the forest is gone. Baobabs are often the only thing that survives because they hold so much water.
They do mention on the safari that it’s a replica as there’s no way to move one over here. Built on top of an old oil tanker.
The baobab trees at Disney World are concrete. If you look closely you can tell. Plus the trees take centuries to grow.
The safari guides also tell you they are fake. It's been mentioned every time I have taken the safari. They don't try to hide it.
My first thought and my exact reason for knowing.
Oh please. It’s not like most people here, regardless of race, actually live around these trees. They’re geographically isolated to a really small part of the world.
I have like 3 in my back yard.
These things come out when I turn on the water faucet at home
There are actually nine different species of baobab.
One (Adansonia digitata) is found throughout mainland Africa, Oman and Yemen in the Middle East, dry regions of India, and Penang in Malaysia.
There's another species (Adansonia kilima) found only in the mountainous regions of eastern and southern Africa.
One species is found only in Australia (Adansonia gregorii).
Then there are six species that are all found only in Madgascar.
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, baobabs were introduced to the Caribbean and South America (about the same time as people from Africa were being forcibly introduced to the same areas).
Historically, baobabs were even grown in London for a time during a particularly warm period (however, they all died following a 'normal' cold winter).
Back in the Miocene, close relatives of the baobab were found in Antarctica.
So geographically, they're not quite as isolated as a lot of other species are.
The audacity of the caucasity.
Lol they’re fake. “They only have leaves 3 months out of the year” is the line they repeat every time. I go at least twice a month...never any leaves
Disney 2x a month?! What are you, some kind of Billionaire?!
Probably a Florida resident with a year pass, not really that uncommon
Or a, you know, Florida resident with season passes?
If you live in Florida you get discounted prices. Not to mention you avoid the travel and hotel costs too.
What everyone has been saying - Florida resident with an annual pass. The only money we spend going to Disney now is gas money and if we purchase food in the park.
Man I wish these trees were propagated and distributed more (at least in botanical gardens in climates that could have them) I wanna see one but not have to travel to the other side of the world to do so. They are one of the most interesting looking tree species on earth.
Other interesting trees with unusual trunk habits that might be worth looking up are the ponytail palm, the pandanus, the bottle palm, spindle palm, the dragon's blood tree and the Queensland bottle tree. I find something so artistically sculptural about trees forming non-conventional trunk shapes.
Go, the least interesting thing you will do will be enjoying these amazing trees.
This is so true, but maybe they have a thing for trees, and a really old/big Boabab tree is really something else to see in person.
Baobab can live for over 2000 years. Even if someone planted one in your local botanical garden, it’s most likely wouldn’t yet look like the trees in this picture during your lifetime.
Man, I used to draw trees like this as a kid and would get reprimanded because “Trees don’t look like that”. Well tought titty Ms. Smitty. Trees come in different shapes and sizes.
I call them the "fuck giraffes" trees.
Who's the photographer? Its a nice shot
The location is Avenue of the Baobabs in Morondava in case you were wondering or wanted to find more pics of the same place
How old are these trees approximately?
When I was there, they told me many were over 800 years old.
Edit: Google has confirmed this as true
The oldest and biggest are dying due to climate change though. Some of them were 2000 years old.
Bout tree fiddy.
I'd guess 300 - 500 years, it is difficult to age them from a picture, but they tend to grow up until they reach a certain height and then grow a thicker and thicker trunk, while not growing upwards all that much.
Baobabs will always remind me of The Little Prince.
Earth is so cool.
Those trees look like concept art for some faraway world.
Shame about the corruption and environmental damage in that country, truly.
These look like they have existed for millions of years and have not evolved still
I wonder what people who have lived their whole life in Madagascar think of pine trees.
Baobab trees are actually rapidly dying and no one knows why but suspects its climate change. :(
I lived in a small village in west Africa for a while. The walk to the village market is one of the most beautiful you can see. Between the people watching, the hustle, and the sense of community, it’s awesome
Wow, those are real! I thought they were made up for Breath of the Wild.
When caps lock is on and you hold shift on the first letter.
Wow the sun is hot. Hope these huge trees have a lot of shade under them. Nope!