Take time to see what is truly magnificent and most times you will find it standing right in front of you, patiently waiting to be noticed.

Take a Marula Tree, anyone who works in the bush sees them every day and because they are so common, their true mystery and majesty fades into insignificance.
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What if I told you that this one specie of tree has played a, hugely significant role, in the evolution of man in Africa? Archeological records date the relationship between man and the Marula Tree to as far back as ten thousand years ago. The importance of this relationship comes to light from a cave known as Pomongwe, where it has been calculated that around twenty four million marula fruits were consumed from this dioecious plant.
If one took the time to think of the number of creatures seen utilizing the Marula, the numbers will astound you, and that is only the big stuff. Not even mentioning the insects.
The Marula banquet is in full swing at the moment and is a favorite time of year, for loads of the locals at Vuyatela but none more so than for the Vuyatela troop.
It is the one time of year they do not have to travel far to obtain enough food for the day and you can pretty much guarantee the first stop off point for the morning will be one of the Marula Trees. The troop begins scanning the branches, long before they climb up to gorge themselves.

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In all the years I have followed the troop Marula feeding time can go on for hours, with the whole troop getting involved.
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The troop, as usual is tailed by the local herd of impala that waste no time feeding on the marulaís fruit, under the security of the ever vigilant troop.
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The mood is always relaxed at these times, as there is plenty of food and nothing to stress about. The only concern the troop has is dodging playful, baby impala, which race around chasing each other, in gay abandonment and have on a few occasions, seen near misses to baboon / impala accidents.
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The troop know well enough to keep an eye out for out of control baby impala heading their way especially the juveniles of the troop. This is just one of the intricate relationships, brought about by one tree. So the next time you find yourself staring at a big tree, see it for what it is and realize you are in the presence of greatness.