The name of these very special and beautiful trees that are indigenous to Southern Africa is the Quiver tree. They are part of the aloe family and grow in dry regions. The quiver tree has been named the national plant of Namibia.
It's name derives from from the habit of the San people, or Bushmen, who use the branches of this species for making quivers to contain their poison arrows.
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Giustiniani (2415) 2014-06-03 10:04
Bonsoir Wanda, j'aime beaucoup l'effet graphique des différents végétaux éclairés par une belle lumière. Bon choix du N&B. Une capture intéressante et réussie.
abmdsudi (38822) 2014-06-03 10:13
Extolls Namibia, as far as the eye can see, beauty.
You frame the quite extraordinary tree artistically from an impressive low viewpoint and it's interesting to see the textured bark and branches system so clearly. This sturdy quiver tree has a glow and sparkle about it and your mono version is apt. Yes the lighting is superb, great tonal contrast and love the depth of field, guess this fascinating tree is very old but still going strong in the desert.......
This photo really appeals to me. My congrats and tfs
SnapRJW (28894) 2014-06-03 11:31
Hello Wanda - I think the B&W conversion works very well with the architectural lines of the Quiver trees and I love the way the dry grasses add a subtle dynamism to the shot. Delicately processed I like this a lot.
Warm greetings from a cold Windhoek
kasianowak (4604) 2014-06-03 11:44
With skillfull composition, you created a work of art Salgado style. Great choice to convert to b&w with contrast and textures beautifully conveyed.
miumiu (4626) 2014-06-03 11:51
Wonderful black & white photo.
l like the composition and the subject of your photo.
This place looks very abandoned, but very peaceful at the same time.
Noel_Byrne (20085) 2014-06-03 12:23
This is a beautiful black and white image of this most unusual species of tree. I learn something every day here on trekearth and today I learn of the quiver tree :)
It certainly is not one I would want to land on if I parachuted from a plane. Really nice image, thanks for sharing.
jcpix (11040) 2014-06-03 19:05
I would dare say the tree fits your description of its utilization by the Bushmen...not one I would want to tangle with. :) The ends of each branch appear like hands reaching out, ready to grab any prey that dares come close enough. A very interesting an unique species, and one which has been put on fine display with this presentation. I like the idea to go monochrome here, even looks to have a touch of sepia to go along with the graphic allure. Beautiful result indeed. Take care. All the best.
tatadalou (5641) 2014-06-03 20:32
I really like the graphism of quiver trees ! Use of B&W and strong contrasts make your picture even more accurate and impressive. Congrats,
sevy (15287) 2014-06-03 23:12
Those trees are beautiful and provide a strong photo subject, especially at sunset with the warm light playing on all the details of this so particular tree.
I was not thinking to B&W work with this subject, and I was wrong. You did a good job in the conversion: the large grey values on the ground and the nice graduation in the sky, giving a good environment to put in evidence the silhouette of the tree.
jjcordier (72614) 2014-06-03 23:22
Cet arbre est très étonnant. Tu en as réalisé une photo de très grande qualité. Le noir et blanc, très réussi, en souligne superbement le graphisme.
InasiaJones (31250) 2014-06-04 9:56
Hello miss van den Hogen,
You've often tried to convince me about the value and aesthetic quality of black and white, but this image worths a thousand words.
Because of the rich contrasts and and warm tones, I sincerely think that indeed, this monochrome adaptation is more seductive and appealing than what a colour version could have looked like. The black and white conversion commands more attention to details and textures, and the contrasts they are offering against that neutral sky makes them standing out with impact.
Gorgeous work Wanda!
mjw364 (6992) 2014-06-10 4:17
Great monotone - a really great example of the fine art photography genre. Fantastically sharp and great tones throughout. Brilliant I love it!
speedymanu (3523) 2014-06-11 7:46
the black and white enhances the sheer graphism of your composition. I really like the contrast between the "fluffy" weeds and the bold branches. Your image has a wonderful timeless dawn of the world atmosphere.
Have a nice day,
Bartleby (13472) 2014-06-15 13:46
Wown this is amazing Wanda! Love the subtle B&W tones...almost like a 3D thing...great!
wolf38 (30142) 2014-06-18 2:22
Hello Wanda. What a beautiful and expressive Black and white photo. It is a work of art with fine gray nuances and very nice light. Congratulations.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
CLODO (28604) 2014-06-23 3:57
Superb B&W mood which enhances the grass and the amazing tree.
macjake (51374) 2014-06-26 1:07
really glad you added that informative note, it makes all the difference!
curious as to why you choice black and white here...not that i'm questioning it, just wondering if you chose it because the lighting was too harsh in color? I love the way the grey and black tones mix.
especially on the trunk of the tree and the long grass.
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14922)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-05-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/22, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black & White, Kasia's Favourites 5 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-03 9:10