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Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

If you travel in Madagascar, you may from time to time spot trees that look as if they are growing upside-down, with gnarled roots sitting atop a huge, smooth, trunk... wonderful baobab trees.

Avenue of the Baobabs is 40 km far away from Morondava and it’s a wonderful dirty road surrounded by enormous baobab trees up to 800 years old. The trees were not planted on purpose to grow as an avenue, they are the remnants of a far greater baobab forest which existed in the past.

These trees can be 30 meters high. The view is really impressive. With their massive trunks, crooked branches and furry fruit, baobabs have learned how to adapt to a dry and hostile environment – a capacity we may come to envy as the planet starts to heat up. The secret of the baobab’s success in surviving in harsh environments and the reason for its massive trunk is that it has little wood fiber but a large water storage capacity. Each tree can hold up to 300 liters of water, enabling it to live through long periods without rain.

Sometime they are called “roots of the sky” because when the trees are without leaves they look like roots…big trees planted in the ground upside down, with the roots in the sky. in fact one of the stories about their origin appealed to me and goes as follows: when God created the world, he gave the Malagasy people some of the most beautiful trees on Earth, one of them being The Baobab. The devil was so jealous that he turned all the Baobabs upside down so he could enjoy the view from hell. From that day on the Baobabs grew with their roots in the sky.

written by -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-


  1. vicuna


    waaaaahhhhh what a great location again @a-l-b-e-r-t-o!!! :)) Fantastic gallery, the Horizon shots for these magic trees are simply superb!!! thanks for sharing your madagascar travel memories!! :)

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  2. grenoouille


    Amazing!! I fully agree with Vicuna on the Horizon... and thanks for the story!!

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  3. tallgrrlrocks


    oh my! I love #6! And I must admit, I thought Baobabs were figments of storybooks fairy tales...like in "The Little Prince." Knowing that they exist for real and that they're beautiful is such an extraordinary thing. Exquisite gallery!

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  4. azurblue


    What a beautiful gallery of Baobab trees ! They are so dreamy, but you show reality, too, wich seems not so happy (pic number 14 is very moving, this boy is so skinny).

    Hope to see more and more of your pics in 2010? happy new year to you and your beloved !

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  5. japsix


    These shots are FANTASTIC!!!! Great location!!!!!

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  6. superlighter


    when reality overstep fantasy! B-R-A-V-O!

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  7. tveden


    Great job Alberto, it's always nice to see some lomo stuff from the African continent.

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  8. ilovemydiana


    crazy trees

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  9. dogma


    This is amazing! congrats!

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  10. stouf


    Wowowowoooo !!! What a perfect post ! This gallery is totally insane !!! Congrats !

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  11. obungen


    i want to plant those in my backyard! stunning and abstract!

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  12. larslau


    Fantastic pictures!

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  13. disdis


    I love this location! wow... what a gallery!

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  14. belanick


    The 16th is awesome!

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  15. narouishe


    Nice location !! You are on http://naryrasolon.blogspot.com/ Cheers, and keep shooting ;-)
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