At a short distance you can see some straw huts and smiling women, with their faces smeared with a mixture of mud and aloe, for protection from the aggressive sun rays.
About 7 Km (almost~4,5 land miles) to the northwest you can see the famous "lovers". The Adansonia za. Two trees engaging in a tight hug, an eternal dance, growing together through the centuries. According to local legends they were a young couple from nearby villages that loved each other but without hope, as they were already engaged to marry others. However, the couple was dreaming of living together and have a family and kids and resorted to asking their god for help. Their god turned them into baobabs, so they can live in tight embrace, as they always wanted to!
We left heading Northwest, to visit the salt pans, guests of the honorary consul of Greece Panayotis Taloumis, owner of the salt pans managing company. Throughout the two hour journey we enjoyed genuine everyday life scenes of Malagasi, unique pictures of natural beauty, with hundreds of scattered exquisite pools with water lilies, but mainly with a multitude of baobabs scattered everywhere.
Time seems to have stopped here. Those baobabs, relics of the past, stand proudly, as kings of the landscape. Such dense concentration of baobabs is unusual, as there are relatively very few in Madagascar, overall.
Besides, young baobabs are very few in this area; victims of zebu and lumbering. Regeneration of the baobab forest is not at all secured. Just how long are these giants expected to live?
We returned for the unique sunset. When we arrived the sun was already near the horizon and descending real fast! So very fast, while our heart, brain and soul wanted this moment to last...
I am standing at the bank of the little pond alongside the Avenue, so I can take a better look of the giant trees' reflections in the pond, under the setting sun's rays shining through the array of trunks!
Pure magic... The sun is setting and gradually disappears, but the red cast lingers in the sky and I capture it with my lens, together with the lovely faces of adorable children of the red land!