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Star trails over Chapman's baobab in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana ©Beverly Houwing

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Photographer's comments:

"Chapman’s baobab is named after James Chapman (1831-1872) who was an explorer of Southern Africa and came across this vast baobab on July 10, 1852 while traversing the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. This is an iconic tree that David Livingstone and Frederick Selous camped under during their explorations, and one of the three largest baobabs in Africa. I got an opportunity to capture this tree under moonless skies as a long exposure with stars trailed through it. Sadly, on the 7th January, 2016, it fell to the ground. This tree holds a special place in Africa’s amazing history."