Photo Spot Week: African Baobab Tree at Animal Kingdom

Welcome to a full week of photographs! Photo Spot Week will feature one photograph a day from February 21st through to February 27th. The sixth in this series is an image of an African Baobab Tree seen in the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida.

Or… is it?

The African baobab tree, also called the monkey-bread tree and upside-down tree, is a large tree that is very common in much of the African continent, on the hot, dry savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. It has also been introduced to other places like Asia and Australia, but this was through intentional plantation and not natural dispersal. There are eight species of baobab. Nine, if you count the one below:

Yup, it’s a fake!

But it still makes for a great shot. We start with a small ribbon of water at the base of the image, the main tree is slightly off-center and low in the image, but in the foreground to cement it as the subject. Cemented, because that’s what it’s probably made of. The band of lesser trees in the middle ground provide a nice contrast with their colour. And the vibrant almost cloud-free blue sky finishes the composition.

Sometimes a straight forward glamor shot just works!

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