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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Silvio1953 (140951) 2013-05-25 11:14
Ciao Rosemary, lovely composition with strange trees, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-25 11:19
un altro mondo rispetto all'Europa ed ogni foto è un vero spettacolo.
Questa vegetazione spinosa che riesce a sopravvivere in un clima così arido è uno splendido soggetto fotografico e ovviamente non ti è sfuggita l'occasione per un'altra delle tue belle foto nella quale colore, nitidezza e composizione si uniscono per il miglior risultato.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
mesutilgim (94610) 2013-05-25 12:00
Interesting capture of those strange succulents.
Good pov and layout. Specially the shadows of the foremost plants creates an interesting effect.
Who knows maybe they have inspired the architects of the European Gothic aera ??
TFS and have a nice weekend
siudzi (34141) 2013-05-25 12:07
These trees are so unique and photogenic! You have found a really interesting and creative POV to add to your gallery another great image of this theme.
Like the composition with long shadow captured in the foreground. It created a really eye-catching effect of the scene. Very well done! TFS.
dta (77165) 2013-05-25 12:27
Hello Rosemay ,
This is a very interesting vegetation , and an amazing "forest" . You've captured this view from an excellent POV , providing strong contrasts , fine shades , and a superb DOF .
m (0) 2013-05-25 12:55
beautiful trees, very unusual and exotic looking. And they grow in quite a strange fashion on the hills as if keeping their distance from one another.
Lovely light and composition.
Have a great weekend
ChrisJ (112403) 2013-05-25 13:44
Nice repetition of these unique quiver trees with punchy light contrasts yet still with good shadow detail and excellent colour and saturation. The blue sky contrasts well against the yellow bark of the tree at right. Have a nice weekend!
yquem46 (38750) 2013-05-25 13:47
Good use of rhe tree at left with its shadow to frame the scene
Nice colors and light
Enjoy the WE, best regards
Hansaphotos (7985) 2013-05-25 14:32
An appealing shot this. A nice play with light and shadows in the foreground. Excellent colours and sharpness, and againg a very informative note about these trees. Lovely work:) TFS. Enjoy your Sunday.
cargus (10105) 2013-05-25 22:19
Beautiful landscape, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
jjcordier (79297) 2013-05-25 23:30
Une autre très belle photo de cette étonnante "forêt" aux arbres si curieux. Très belle lumière et couleurs bien saturées.
carlo62 (46545) 2013-05-26 2:45
una strana foresta per me, molto bella ed interessante, la nota è una fonte di notizie nuove.
Bella la foto e la sua composizione, inquadratura originale e piacevole.
Una bella condivisione.
williewhistler (16394) 2013-05-26 4:24
I rather like the use of the tree in the FG and the shadow that it is casting to exemplify the nature of these most unusual unusual trees.The saturated colours of the brightly lit scene are very appropriate.
Kind regards Les.
Noel_Byrne (30528) 2013-05-26 4:56
These trees are so unique, and unlike anything I see in daily life, which makes it extra special to see them here in your gallery! I love the strong light that brings their color out so well, and creates that fin shadow. We get to see the unusual shape of them by the tree and also its strange shadow. A brilliant forest scene, thanks for sharing.
All the best
parvatibb (1387) 2013-05-26 5:15
Excellent play with light. The small branches of the tree on the left sparky like a diamond! Striking contrast between the blue sky and earth.
have a nice Sunday
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-05-26 6:03
these trees look really unique.I like especially the first tree we can see in the FG against so beautiful,blue sky.The contrast and so gentle rays of the sun falling on the tree make it so pleasant to admire.Really excellently composed and framed scene with vivid and nicely contrasting colors.
marabu61 (10801) 2013-05-26 6:48
I didn't know that the Quiver Trees where actually succulents and Aloes for that. So again I have learnt something today on TE as it is supposed to be.
The picture is very pleasant with the two main trees in the foreground and middle perfectly aligned in the frame. The light is gorgeous (but then the light in southern Africa is always gorgeous) and the colors very pleasing.
have a good sunday
delpeoples (57278) 2013-05-26 6:56
Hi dear Rosemary
You're right, these trees should be on your national flag! They are quintessentially African. I love here the shadows they throw and the rich colours both of the earth and the sky. They make an impressive graphism, dotting the landscape as they do here. A superb depth, sharpness and thoughtful way you have composed it. Superb shot, and I love your compelling and heartfelt note.
rychem (34639) 2013-05-26 9:20
Interesting succulents/trees. Your photo is a kind of document photo, well composed, with great clarity and sharpness
ktanska (27338) 2013-05-26 11:12
Very carefully framed shot. Foreground quiver tree covers blue sky on top left and it's shadow coveres bare dry ground. all details are well placed and trees on different distances make strong perspective.
tyro (24408) 2013-05-26 13:59
Again you have given us a delightfully interesting note (and I see now that you describe these trees as "succulents" - a bit like Baobabs, I suppose - which is probably why their branches are so easy to convert into "quivers").
And a lovely photograph with amazingly strong light contrasts which add to the "starkness" of this foreground tree. Your composition is very bold and striking as well as being finely balanced, the colours are wonderfully vibrant and the depth of field and sharpness are exquisite.
rogerl (1616) 2013-05-26 17:13
Rosemary, I never get tired of your photos of these weird and very interesting trees, particularly sitting as they do far apart from one another and in a plain. This shot is really well-planned, with the shadows showing us clearly what these trees look like close-up. It's also an interesting angle - I'm not sure if the camera is level to the ground or not - but the general upward slope adds a diagonal element to the shot. Thanks.
Royaldevon (37967) 2013-05-27 3:18
Well, I do feel I've learned so much, this morning, reading your notes. This sort of information emphasises how diverse, different regions of our planet can be!
A very strong photograph, with the tree dominating the f/g and pointing, both in reality and with its shadow, towards the second focal image. I love the contrast of light and shade and the opposing diagonals of the hillside and the quiver tree.
Have a lovely day,
Cricri (117927) 2013-05-27 10:59
Belle image de cette forêt aux arbres étonnant, bonne lumière, couleurs et cadrage de l'ombre des arbres, très jolie
Glint (6171) 2013-05-27 15:05
you have made the most out of the quiver tree's photogenic quality. We have the fg tree and its strong silhouette and the contrasting lightness of the tree on the right. Sunshine, shadows and a perfect blue sky. What more could we ask for?
abmdsudi (53097) 2013-05-28 22:28
An amazingly detailed rugged landscape and I find the depth of field is so interesting and it frames the tree artistically in such a gorgeous lighting, beautiful bold shadows and oustanding colors. What i do love most here is the ubelievable light quality and these quiver trees had a glow and sparkle about it and by the looks of it the real thing is way better than the capture, for sure. This is indeed a neat shot modeling the nature beauty to perfection. Extol Namibia! beauty. Congrats,
Ps: Tx to your poetic words to my last upload :))
adores (45029) 2013-05-30 20:11
They are really too many! It must be really great to be there and enjoy that landscape. I like your composition - it was a good idea to put this tree and its shadow in foreground, leading our eyes to all the others in background. A very good quality shot!
Angshu (56750) 2013-06-12 0:43
Indeed these trees look very photogenic and I like the way you composed...close to the first tree on the left allowing it to pivot the shot and the branches leading our view into the picture towards the other trees. Indeed the 'stiff appearance' of these trees make them very photogenic...Youl got a fine clear blue sky to provide contrast! Fine work indeed!