Description A huge ancient Pachypodium namaquanum (Halfmens) in habitat in the Northern Richtersveld (an Unesco World Heritage Site). These giants only grow a few millimetres in a good year in habitat, and this one was 2.5 - 3 times taller than me (Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa, August 2007). The Legend of the Halfmens: Halfmens is translated as 'Half Human' in English. The Khoisan Bushman has a beautiful story that has been told for many generations, and it explains how Halfmens plants were created. The Khoisan Bushman were driven away from their birth land (The Kalahari Desert) by invading tribes. It filled them with grief, and some of the Khoisan people kept on looking back and turned into Halfmens plants. As a result the crown of Halfmens plants always face North, longing for the day that they can return to their beloved birth land. MH_RI_02
Martin Heigan, Johannesburg Member Since December 2008 Artist Statement 3D VFX Supervisor / Nature Photographer. Author of: "Namaqualand and the Richtersveld - Nature's Spectacular Canvas" & "South Africa - Hidden Treasures of Nature".
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