This is pretty amazing.
Now, just to say, I come from northern California where we have Redwood trees that are thousands of years old. I have great love and respect for ancient trees and never thought that there were many other trees in the world that were of the same stature. I know that in many places in Africa, people have the same sense of reverence for the baobab tree, but I never really understood why.
Take a look at these two photos. One is of a young Baobab tree and one a full-grown Baobab tree (the one I see out my front door). When I was in Tsansabis during my In-country Training II, we had a great “bush walk” tour with a San guide and he showed us this little tree. Guess the age of the young tree. What did you guess? A couple of months? Maybe a couple of years?
Baobab trees grow very, very slowly.
That young tree, which looks like a stick — it is 10 years old! In 10 years, it has not yet reached as high as my knee.
So now I look at that tree across the way from my room and I wonder — just how old are you? 1,000 years? 2,000?
I am filled with awe.