Today's Wonder of the World is...The Baobab Tree!
Flickr photo by williewonker
Also known as the Bottle Tree. See why?
Not only do they look like bottles, but the trees typically store around 300 liters of water! No wonder they often live over 500 years!
If I could, I might give this baobab a name of my own.
Flickr photo by rbsuperb
I'd call it El Preggo, if I were queen. Or maybe a little prince.
The Little Prince! How I loved this book back in the Dark Ages. I should read it again.
The Little Prince wasn't so fond of baobabs.
He lived on an asteroid and spent his days pulling up the baobabs which were trying to take root.
The baobabs could split his little planet into dust!
Now that I see the roots, I'm sure he was right.
Flickr photo by amigarad
Some folks like the baobab just fine.
Like Rafiki, from The Lion King.
Flickr photo by techmeister
He lived in one, remember?
In African folklore, the tree was used to ward off evil spirits. They called it God's Thumb.
Rafiki was a shaman, I believe, so the baobab was perfect for him.
Or maybe he just liked the free food.
Flickr photo by Baobab Fruit company Senegal
Though I must say it doesn't look appetizing to me.
Still, I'd hang out under one.
Flickr photo by laetitia.navarro
What about you?
While you're imagining yourself on Baobab Alley, take a minute to watch Gene Wilder and his Little Prince.
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!