„Ngamiland District, Botswana (Nigel Pavitt)“

Picture ID: 86ab4a5

A dawn sky silhouettes a spectacular grove of ancient baobab trees, known as Baines' Baobabs, which perches on the eastern edge of the Kudiakam Pan in the Nxai Pan National Park. These baobabs were immortalised in a painting by Thomas Baines in May 1862. The artist wrote: One gigantic trunk had fallen and lay prostrate but still losing none of its vitality, sent forth branches and young leaves like the rest. The trees have changed little in the past one hundred and fifty years. The fallen tree is still thriving. English-born Thomas Baines first came to Africa's Cape Colony in 1842 where he served as an artist during the Eighth Frontier War (1850-1853). After joining an expedition in Northern Australia, he was invited by David Livingstone to be artist and storeman on his Zambesi Expedition of 1858. However, the two men fell out and Baines was unjustly dismissed in July 1859.

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