Zambezi Valley Highway

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A huge baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) sits on the side of the track, along a rough route through the Mana Pools National Park. From this point, the author walked into a water pan, one of the few not dried up at this time of the year before the first rains, about 3kms from the road to seek photo opportunities during the cooler part of the morning – circa 35°C. The return trip in the middle of the day was probably in the 40°s This image is so typical of the terrain and dry flora of the Zambezi Valley shortly before the first rains. That baobab tree produces a large egg shaped seed pod, much sought after for its contents, a powder which is known as cream of tartar, giving rise to the alternate name, tartar tree
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/60sec; ISO-200; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography


Elephant High Fibre Diet

The photographer came across these two elephants chewing away at the fibres of a freshly fallen baobab tree, which became a source of food during the latter part of the dry season in Mana Pools. Being on foot, one could not get too close or work a better, more creative angle, for fear of aggravating the bull elephant. The image, which was taken at totally the wrong time of the day, and while on a rather exhausting hike, does no justice to the size of the bull elephant chewing on that tree stump. The fallen tree was huge! This was taken in a typical Mopani forest area, just before the first rains and the rise of the sap when trees blossom into leaf and flower.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/160sec; ISO-100; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography