Just back from a whirlwind trip around the main 'highlights' of Namibia with our son and his partner. It was just over a year ago that I last photographed this sociable weavers nest. Since our last visit a huge heavy chunk of this nest has fallen to the ground, its weight too heavy for the dead tree to support.
For more information on the habits of these large sociable bird communities look here
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JFS (32459) 2012-04-15 1:31
Fascinating image, unusual light and colors, the depth of field is extraordinary too. My compliments Rosemary!
Have a good Sunday!
lousat (79421) 2012-04-15 1:45
Hi Rosemary,fantastic capture of the colors of this magic moment,what a atmsophere,i wish to be there me too..ehehee...beautiful tree full of nests and spectacular scenary in background another time.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
ryno (6863) 2012-04-15 1:49
Wow, a great shot from my part of the world, Rosemary. What makes this one stand out for me is the quality of the light. Great timing in that sense, and you captured this unusual structure very well.
delpeoples (53877) 2012-04-15 2:01
Hi dear Rosemary
I trust you had a lovely time with your son. And it's good to see that the photography didn't stop whilst you were playing tour-guide. The light here is absolutely exquisite, especially the warm tones on the tree. And on top of that, we have such an intriguing subject. A beautifully composed and executed photo, congratulations and welcome back, you've been missed.
corjan3 (2095) 2012-04-15 2:34
I have been sitting here, looking at this image for a long time, just enjoying it and wondering what to say that could be construed as constructive critique but I really have no suggestion for improvement as there is room for none...in my opinion anyway. It is just beautiful! Was wondering when we will start seeing images from your latest trip in Namibia. Best wishes.
PS: The Naukluft has some very large nappe structures with slices of lithosphere pushed along near-horizontal thrusts and resting on a basement with which they have no genetic relationship.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-15 2:44
Exquisite image this! I love the composition and the rich tones and light make this so irresistable. Perfectly executed and a stunning presentation. Wonderful work!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
notrap (5933) 2012-04-15 2:56
lonely trees always work very good as a subject to photos, and this one in the red light is no exception. Beautiful Africa! How your son and his partner can be glad to have such local tourist guides!
Have a nice sunday,
tyro (21060) 2012-04-15 3:14
Welcome back! I'm pleased that you had such a rewarding trip with your son and his partner and that you also managed the time to fit in a bit of photography too. Is your son or his partner a photographer?
An interesting note too and a fine link to that earlier picture of yours. How clever you were to be able to find this very same tree - and thank you for giving us a map to guide us to the place. In fact, if you open up a bigger map, you can see other "Panoramio" pictures of this area too, though I couldn't find any pictures of this or a similar tree!
Gorgeous low light adds a beautiful warmth to this scene and provides long an interesting shadows on the grassland nd the backround mountains. The sky is beautiful and the details and sharpness superb.
jjcordier (77620) 2012-04-15 3:47
Ces arbres-cabanes sont fascinants et, sous cette incroyable lumière qui leur donne cette fantastique couleur rouge,l'ensemble est d'une incroyable beauté. Superbe!
Angshu (56292) 2012-04-15 4:05
What an amazing picture! The red reflecting the setting sun blazes the nest. The warm tones are brilliant, contrasting with the blue sky. The placement of the tree, the barren branches, the long shadows, all create a fantastic pattern. Interesting the part of the nest which has fallen to the ground. Thanks for the link in your note which made me learn something new
ybx (251) 2012-04-15 5:06
i have visited the link and read with interest your explanation about the social lifestyle of these african birds.
I have never seen nests as those, the nature is wonderful.
With regard to this photo, i like more this, than the previous in the link. The light is much better, in terms of direction and colour, also the shadows give depth and fascination to the scene.
Excellent exposure control, colours and sharpness.
A very beautiful landscape of one of the most fascinating African countries.
Best regards & ciao
Sergiom (63348) 2012-04-15 5:27
C'est incroyable la dimension de ce nid. C'est assez pour faire mourir un arbre sous le poids du volatile. Les teintes de rouge encore accentuées par le soleil couchant sont merveilleuses.
patdeph (35748) 2012-04-15 6:22
wooow, incredible nests! Thank you for the link on the other picture ,it was very intersting to read the note.I didn't know that such nests could exist.You had here a wonderful warm light, and the landscape is splendid.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-04-15 6:34
Wonderful light. I love the colours.
GREGG (7888) 2012-04-15 7:40
a magic landscape, good composition and interesting colors,job must be liked
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-04-15 8:02
I read the interesting note of your previous photo. These nests are truly spectacular. The light is beautiful on the landscape. The colors, sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
prasun984 (5590) 2012-04-15 8:11
Nice picture with wonderful natural colors.
I like your POV and how you framed it.
Very well done
lgir (6911) 2012-04-15 9:09
beautiful composition with the light of late afternoon that gives these fantastic colors.
Cricri (109071) 2012-04-15 9:45
Impressionnant cet énorme nid sur l'arbre, le paysage est splendide avec une lumière de fin de journée qui renforce et émerveille les couleurs, magnifique
brianmcc (6185) 2012-04-15 12:50
the colours inthis are so amazing with the low sun creating a lovely warm atmospheric image. great composition with the tree as the centre of focus. the mountains in the background are a superb addition and a terrific backdrop.
have a great week,
InasiaJones (31536) 2012-04-15 16:33
I don't know if you caught the same light last year, but this one is on fire!
I remember how intense and warm was the sun before setting down and I find in your image the same distinctive light that makes Namibia remarkable.
The shadows stretch endlessly, creating strong contrasts. The tree is nicely placed, but by lowering the point of view and moving slightly to the left, the mountain summit wouldn't have been hidden by the nest and tree trunk.
Just for this light, I can't wait to return to Namibia!
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-04-15 22:09
Morning Rosemary, What a wonderful image of this gorgeous savannah with this Weaver's Nest tree in the Fg, super colours, love the light and great management, Glad you had a nice break with your Family, Tfs, Cheers Iain.
bayno (18344) 2012-04-15 22:18
a beautiful golden light characterizes this wonderful landscape, lovely colors and impeccable technique with great depth, I seemed to understand that the straw I sees up the dead tree in FG is made by the birds...
have a good day...
Suppiluliuma (3887) 2012-04-15 23:20
It is such a warm and happy feeling to go back to a place that one loves, to discover the changes, to meet old friends.
That's the sensation this reddish beauty has inspired me Dear Rosemary.
carlo62 (35594) 2012-04-16 0:00
un albero fantastico fotografato con una luce meravigliosa, complimenti.
sevy (15365) 2012-04-16 0:14
Very nice lightning with strong sunset color to put in evidence the giant nest.
The composition is perfect with the placement of the tree in the wide angle view and with the nest against the sky and not overlapping with the landscape to get an easy and efficient readability.
Zengi001 (2585) 2012-04-16 3:28
extraordinaru use of light and shadows.. Oversaturated colors goes well with the theme here.
Add to my favorites,
danyy (0) 2012-04-16 5:52
des couleurs bien plus chaudes que sur la photo précédente, un soleil très bas qui réchauffe encore plus ces lumières.
Un paysage sauvage d'une grande profondeur, un endroit très pittoresque.
ChrisJ (101192) 2012-04-16 9:55
I love the warm vs cold colour contrast between the red tinted birds nests & the blue sky. Good graphism of the tree with wonderful sharpness & sidelighting. The purple mountains make a nice backdrop. Tfs!
vasilpro (41031) 2012-04-16 9:59
Wonderful composition with lovely warm light and vivid colors, interesting nests on the tree, very good contrast, clarity and sharpness, excellent POV, TfS!
adores (38927) 2012-04-16 18:50
I like both photos, but the light makes this one very special! The lonely tree is just fabulous here and I guess it's the first time I'm seeing these nests - they are really impressive and original!
annjackman (20341) 2012-04-16 23:10
The light is special and every detail of this vast landscape is a pleasure to view. Super work.
Best wishes, Ann
jemaflor (86946) 2012-04-17 12:53
Always impressive these bird communities, great light with a pleasant warm tone, well taken, tfs.
dkmurphys (50552) 2012-04-18 0:55
A splendid natural scene in wonderful colors. Lovely work, enjoy a fine day.
AliMoein (780) 2012-04-18 5:16
بسيار زيباو ديدني
كادربندي و نوردهي بسيار عالي
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-04-18 8:04
This kind of pictures goes directly
to my favorites: it's original
(such large nests in a tree I have
never seen) and it's a beautiful
picture (high quality)..My compliments.
Kitty_the_Wild (1169) 2012-04-19 1:18
Poor tree, and the bloody shades of the ground are really impressive. Beautiful sky.
josepmarin (57837) 2012-04-19 4:10
the size of these weavers nests on the branches of the tree is amazing, and gives a great interest to the composition, but I love the fantastic low sunlight of the late afternoon, the long shades, and the wonderful warm tonalities of the reddish colors that flood this beautiful landscape.
You have caught all these elements in an image with a great depth and a great sharpness.
A superb work.
wolf38 (31282) 2012-04-19 10:29
Hi Rosemary. An image with strong colors and great light. Here, the industrious weavers are at work. The nest is much more than a house. You have skillfully captured this beautiful scene with your camera. TOP. Rgds, Wolfgang.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31617)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-12
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Namibian Landscapes 2, Your Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-15 1:29
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