15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Milky Way Over the Island of Lost Baobabs

A shot of the Milky Way in the moonless sky above two ancient baobab trees. The Makgadikgadi Pans are the vast, salty remains of an ancient super-lake in southern Botswana. Large rock outcroppings create “islands” where ancient baobab trees grow surrounded by the large flat salt pans that often flood during the rainy season.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2017
Photo Location: Botswana
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Beverly Houwing