Since the beginning of time, the amazing continent of Africa has been a continent of fire and ice, love and hatred, right or wrong… a fight for survival.

It is a continent of passion.

Of eruptions.

Of war.

But also one of hope. Of rain. Of peace. And of growth.

Africa, in all its diversity, to me, remains a continent of black or white. There is little yin yang here – you are either on the one side or the other. I have always preferred to showcase Africa in colour, but the older (wiser?) I get, the more and more I prefer black and white for my images too. Take away all the colour and you see the real side. The honest side. The hidden side.

Below a few images from a recent Kaokoland trip, to celebrate the continent of my birth, the country of my heart, Namibia.

Happy Africa Day!

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This baobab is iconic to Epupa Falls. In certain times of the year there are more names engraved on its stem than it has leafs. (Not this time around though.)

I have quite few photos of this tree – OK, quite a lot – so to get a different angle was a bit of a challenge. In the end, it worked out quite well with the rising sun behind me and the little pool in front.

Golden Baobab

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If you type in baobab on google, only Madagascar’s very tall and beautiful baobabs pop up. But what about Namibia’s baobabs? A lot of people don’t even know we have some spectacular specimens in northern Namibia.

It is with this thought in mind, that I decided to photograph a few around Epupa where I spend a few days last week. Although I love trees, I am by no means a specialist or even a proper tree photographer. But I did try to make these trees come to life so over the next few weeks you might find yourself in Namibia’s Baobab world, and I do hope, you enjoy them enough to come and visit my neck of the woods.

But first, what would a baobab post be without a quote from The Little Prince?

As each day passed I would learn, in our talk, something about the little prince’s planet, his departure from it, his journey. The information would come very slowly, as it might chance to fall from his thoughts. It was in this way that I heard, on the third day, about the catastrophe of the baobabs.

This time, once more, I had the sheep to thank for it. For the little prince asked me abruptly–as if seized by a grave doubt–“It is true, isn’t it, that sheep eat little bushes?”

“Yes, that is true.”

“Ah! I am glad!”

I did not understand why it was so important that sheep should eat little bushes. But the little prince added:

“Then it follows that they also eat baobabs?”

I pointed out to the little prince that baobabs were not little bushes, but, on the contrary, trees as big as castles; and that even if he took a whole herd of elephants away with him, the herd would not eat up one single baobab.

The idea of the herd of elephants made the little prince laugh.

“We would have to put them one on top of the other,” he said.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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