I shot this very old sycamore tree today. The tree is probably 1000 years old and when standing right next to this giant, you feel you are just a passing moment.
This tree stand where an old village of "Umm Khalid" was places until 1947 when all the Arab habitants were evacuated by the British army to a refugee camp 10 km away due to the Israeli independence war with the neighboring Arab nations of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. (Today this refugee camp is a city within the Palestinian self governs area).
Umm Khalid was a small village builds on the ruins of a Crusaders fortress from the 14th century with a population of around 500 people (1947).
This tree and a small house ruins is all that left from this village. Today, this is a neglected neighborhood of the city of Netanya.
The Umm Khalid village sheik (the leader and most important man in the village) sold most of the lands that the city of Netanya stand today to Jewish settlers for 5600 Turkish liras. As this sheik told later, he did not sold the land to the Jews, he only collected the fee for keeping it until the Jews came back from exile! (The Jews returned to Israel after 2000 years of exile in Europe, Asia, and Africa).
Tech: this is a 3-picture pan; I had to make three shots since the tree roots are not visible from a distance. Adjusted contrast a bit and frames.
Hope you find this interesting.
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Damberio (241) 2005-06-12 17:40
I really love this kind of framing and I used it for some posts too...it gives a lot to the final effect of the photo and here it works particulary strong...well done!
warhorse (12) 2006-05-12 8:39
I love the photo, I don't care for the frame around it, I think a darker green or black frame would work better, only because, it would help convey the feeling of age, and the history that this tree has been witness to. I maybe would tone down the brightness a little to also help convey that message, but I do love the picture and it makes me want to go see it, and imagine the history that has been recorded in it's rings.
WaterSprite (180) 2008-01-05 0:31
Beautiful tree. Interesting point of view. Wonderful note with it also. If you're interested in old trees, check out the angel oak in south carolina. TFS!!
- Copyright: Alon Kerr (TheG1) (1509)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-12
- Categories: Nature, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 17-40 f/4L, @ ISO 400
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-12 17:09