Rob van Doeselaar
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Baobab
Baobabs have always captured the imagination. It looks like their roots stick out of the ground, which is why some call them the upside down tree.

It often happens that a baobab is at the center of a village, where the elderly like to sit in the shadow of the tree. A baobab can be very old, sometimes more than a thousand years. Many people believe that a baobab is home to spirits of ancesters. The fruit of the tree, called monkey bread, contains seeds, which can be eaten or made into a drink. The leaves could be dried and used as a medicine for skin infections and joint complaints. Many parts of the baobab can be used as fuel or building material.

Rob van Doeselaar paints many baobabs In Mali. These characteristic trees are all around in the Sahel area.