Baobab Tree
Caption: Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata) in warm afternoon light on Sua Pan near Nata, Botswana.

Camera: Canon EOS 350D; Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55 zoom; Focal Length: 18mm; Shutter Speed: 1/500; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400

Location: Sua Pan lies within the Makgadikgadi Pans, a huge network of salt pans covering 12,000 sq km in Botswana’s interior.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are some of the largest pans in the world and once deep inside them, there are few landmarks to guide you. The starkly beautiful but desolate landscape is occasionally broken by small “islands” of grass and trees, as in the image above.

However, after the summer rains, the pans come to life, providing sustenance to migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest. If there is sufficient water, they also offer a temporary home to thousands of flamingoes (below:)

flamingoes-pans

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