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I've posted a couple of shots from this location before but I couldn't resist sharing another picture of these incredibly photogenic trees.

There are two trees that are instantly recognisable, and synonymous with the African landscape. They speak of wide-open spaces, history, and exotic cultures – many of which, sadly, are dying out. The first: the giant upside down trees, or Baobabs which occur in the northern reaches of sub-Saharan Africa. The second: the Quiver Trees of the Northern Cape and Namibia. Called “Kokerbome” in Afrikaans, and “Choje” in San, their branches were hollowed out and used by Bushmen as convenient holders for their hunting arrows. The plant also has myriad medicinal uses.
The Quiver Trees are actually succulents – the world’s largest growing Aloe (Aloe dichotoma) , they generally occur in isolation, cutting stark and lonely figures on arid, wind-swept ridges. But every now and again, you’ll find a clump or forest of them. The planet’s largest Quiver Tree forest exists on a farm called Gannabos, just outside Niewoudtville in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 82 N: 6832] (30909)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-28
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-05-25 11:07
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