This post is for Noel who remarked the other day that he had never heard of a Quiver Tree. Hope you enjoy this one Noel and the note gives you a little info too.
The Quiver Tree looks strangely alien as it stands silhouetted against the swiftly setting sun.
The Quiver Tree Forest is the most southerly concentration of Quiver trees (Aloe Dichotoma) in South Africa and the largest aloe forest in the world. This aloe tree forest was a gathering place of Khoisan (Bushman) hunters who would journey here in days long gone to source holders for their arrows. The hollowed out branches of the tree made excellent quivers to hold their poisoned hunting arrows.
These trees, which have distinctive smooth branches and scale-like bark, grow up to 400 years old and produce vivid yellow flowers in May, June and July, as they have been doing for many thousands of years.
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jemaflor (83779) 2013-04-25 11:07
Very original tree presented with an well managed photo, Good effect with the light and the silhouettes of all these branches, tfs.
serp2000 (39604) 2013-04-25 11:24
This tree reminds me a crown of thorns (for Noel?))))
Excellent choice of PoV, I like to shot against the strong sun lights. I have never seen this tree too. Good presentation and very informative note.
Romano46 (17554) 2013-04-25 11:26
solito appuntamento quotidiano per parlare dell'ennesima tua bella foto. Un controluce difficile che hai saputo gestire nella migliore delle maniere dandoci una immagine di grande suggestione e ricca di esotismo.
Ciao e buona serata
Gigidusud (15161) 2013-04-25 11:42
Original photo with the silhouette tree and the sunbeams pierce between branch tree. Well done!
emka (77500) 2013-04-25 17:22
Hi Rosemary, Beuatiful light here and nice silhouette of quiver tree, against the setting sun.
Travelling through Australian Red Centre reminds me my trip to Namibia. Speciall the red domes of Kata tTuta , although solid rocks, seemed to me similar as Namib dumes. And also like there, I expected to see mainly red colour and I found a lot of green. But of course the animals and trees are quite different And I am disappointed that only a few kangaroos as yet.
WArm regrads from Alice Springs
dkmurphys (48484) 2013-04-25 21:46
Lovely scene in great contrasts and minimalistic colors. I like the idea and the spectacular result. Good work!
jjcordier (75684) 2013-04-25 23:29
Ce Quiver Tree a vraiment une forme très originale que tu as su exploiter au mieux dans cette remarquable photographie.
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-04-26 0:32
Noel will certainly love it,as it is something in his style.I must also admit,I´m impressed how good you´ve managed to hadle against the sun.This intriguing tree helps to reduce a little bit the influence of such strong backlight.And even despite this strong ligt you exposed the scene perfectly(there´re no under- or -over exposed parts of the image).
Wish You a pleasant day
Ciol (216) 2013-04-26 0:34
joli travail sur la composition de cette photo, qui met bien cette arbre particulier en valeur.
snunney (82591) 2013-04-26 2:27
The spiky leaves stand out beautifully against the backlit sky. The shot is well composed with a pleasing division between the different elements.
timecapturer (48086) 2013-04-26 2:54
as you know I am a big fan of these amazing trees, and this shot makes it almost triffid like in appearance. A superbly managed image and really striking presentation. Love it!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
mjw364 (7340) 2013-04-26 3:17
I have to say I had never heard of a quiver tree either! It kind of looks like some prehistoric petrified 'sugar stealer' (remember those?) that float along on the wind.
Great management of the light here Rosemary looking directly at the light and still managing to retain detail in the shadow areas.
Nicou (120504) 2013-04-26 5:10
Le soleil vient lécher la plante et elle a comme des étoiles quelle forme et iamge quelle compo ce découpage avec cette luminosité grandisoe.
Bravo et amitié
Bryov et amitié
ourania (30227) 2013-04-26 13:01
anyone who saw a quiver tree for the first time in this picture would be surely fascinated by its extraordinary characteristics which you have enhanced by an artistic presentation and a strong sense of mystery and drama. I like very much how the branches have been adjusted to the background slope and how the tree is decorated with the magnificent sunball. Light management is creative and effective. There's a superb contrast between the rugged textures in the lower part of the frame and the absolute smoothness on the sky. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
bayno (18342) 2013-04-27 0:50
Ciao Rosemary, i never see this tree, i like the silhoutte and the bachlight with this special golden light...perfect framing and delicious details....have a lovely WE...
tyro (20050) 2013-04-27 5:53
A very interesting note about the "Quiver Tree" and a very fine picture to complement it. I'm just wondering - are the centres of the branches of these trees soft and "pithy" so that they can be easily hollowed out? I ask that because I know that Baobab trees are soft and "mushy" inside and this tree looks in some ways similar with its thick trunk and lack of low down branches.
This is a fabulous contre jour photograph with the most delicious light and lovely vibrant colours. Despite the strong contrasts, you have still managed to retain amazing detail not only in the darkest shadows but also in the very brightest parts. Excellent depth of field and stunning sharpness throughout.
P.S. How do you (and others too) manage to take pictures like this directly into bright sunlight? Any time I try it I am plagued with terrible lens flare. Have you any advice other than using a lens hood and heeping the lens and filters spotlessly clean?
SteveH (6211) 2013-04-27 17:50
Hi Rosemary, great shot of this peculiar tree silhouetted by the sun. That some details of the tree are still visible is good. Also the contrast between the colour of the land and the deep blue sky works well. Cheers, Steve
ines8 (6094) 2013-04-28 5:31
A very impressive image, full of poetry....Love it!
rogerl (1544) 2013-04-28 6:05
Rosemary, I've been wondering about quiver trees as well; thanks for posting this. They are a very odd and interesting looking tree. You managed this shot well to show us the tree almost in silhouette while looking directly into the sun. Interesting that this is called a "forest". Here in New England it would be called a plain with a few trees on it! Thanks.
cornejo (30706) 2013-04-28 11:16
Hi Rosemary, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting backlight beautiful and interesting tree, very well captured in this beautiful and interesting image with good pov, good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mkamionka (30220) 2013-04-28 13:32
I think I have seen one of those in a botanical garden in Los Angeles. The amazing vegetation in Namibia is one of the reasons I would like so much to visit it one day.
Beautiful presentation, you have well used the characteristic silhouette here. Very challenging light but a spectacular effect.
adores (36219) 2013-04-29 16:24
These trees are really unusual for us here and you framed it really well, with such a beautiful and not easy light. The star effect of the sun through the branches is just perfect. A really good shot!
sevy (15359) 2013-05-06 1:31
Interesting idea to play against the Sun and to evidence the graphism of the tree.
It gives me the wish to go back in Namibia for a new travel. There are so much things to see there.
Angshu (55407) 2013-05-06 22:08
Wonder about the origin of the name & the relationship with the collective noun of arrows! Maybe there's no relationship, but curious nonetheless
Looks extremely beautiful, this silhouette against the setting sun. The hint of light around the edges of its thick trunk is very interesting. Fine image in what appears to be not an easy exposure.
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2013-05-26 8:22
Thank you for pointing this out to me, I did indeed miss it :)
And wow, what an example you have chosen to demonstrate this alien like tree. The beautifully positioned sun shining through the branches, and the silhouette of the tree makes this almost otherworldy but at the same time it is an extra ordinary scene of Earths natural beauty. The tones of blue in the sky are superb, as are the earthy colours in the ground. Wonderful shot, thank you for this. I am so pleased to have seen these cool shots of something I had never heard of before :)
Have a great day!
P.S. Glad you like Dublin castle too, its right in the centre of the city, and almost beside it are City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patricks cathedral. Well worth spending an afternoon exploring there if you have time in Dublin!
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- Date Taken: 2012-08-28
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