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Upside down

Published November 30th, 2012

There is this old legend about Baobabs.



When God created the earth, the animals came to him and asked if they could take part in the remaining portion of creation. Since God was nearly done, he told them that the only thing remaining was to create the trees. The animals were excited because they could participate in this work, so they asked God to let them plant the seeds for trees. God reluctantly agreed, and started giving out seeds, one particular seed to one particular group of animals, another group of seeds to another group, and on and on until he got to the last seeds and the last animals. It was the seeds for the baobab trees that remained and the only animal left were the hyenas. So the stupid animals went out and planted all of the baobab seeds, but upside down. That is why the roots look like they are growing up in the air and the leaves are buried out of sight in the ground.



Another legend says that when the Baobab was planted by God, it kept walking, so God got angry, pulled it out of the earth and re-planted it upside down to stop it moving.



Either way, I’ve never seen anything look so majestic even when you watch it upside down.

Upside down

Baobabs on the shore next to Ilha de Moçambique. I’ve never seen anything look so majestic even when you watch it upside down.

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