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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-29
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-03-13 3:57
Viewed: 3806
Points: 38
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A desolate landscape in the Namib desert, a kokerboom as decorum. In African/Dutch: Kokerboom, in English Aloe dichotoma, also known as Quiver tree.

Made this picture while on the way to Swakopmund at the Namibian coast, just passing the tropic of Capricorn.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Species: A. dichotoma Binomial name Aloe dichotoma Masson

Aloe dichotoma, also known as Quiver tree or Kokerboom, is a species of aloe indigenous to Southern Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape region, and Namibia. A good example of a quiver tree forest is to be seen on the road from Nieuwoudtville to Loeriesfontein. Modeling of Aloe dichotoma in South Africa and Namibia has contributed to understanding of protected area needs in response to climate change. Known as Choje to the indigenous San people, the Quiver tree gets its name from the San practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows. Modelled range declines in this species due to climate change have recently been confirmed by field surveys (Wendy Foden et al., 2007).

Aloe dichotoma is cultivated in the southwestern United States for use in landscaping. The slow growth rate and relative rarity of the plant make it a particularly expensive specimen.

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Hello Hans,

I am a big fan of lonely tree images. The arid conditions of this desolate area are well captured. Thanks for posting as I only dream of this remote and exotic place. Cheers.


Beautiful tree colors and details.The wiev is amazing.
Regards Zoran

  • Ejtaan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 898 W: 10 N: 98] (475)
  • [2010-03-13 4:29]

:-) dit is er zo eentje die prachtig op een dubbele pagina past in je fotoboek. Geweldige plaat Hans... compositie en kleuren zijn echt TOP!

Gr., Anneke

Ótimo enquadramento da árvore, belas cores e luz, e ótima profundidade de campo, Hans. Bom trabalho. Parabéns!

Greetings from Brazil,
Bruno Santana

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2010-03-13 4:59]
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Briljante foto, Hans!
Heel sterke compo; doordat je die boom op de voorgrond hebt geplaatst heb je een geweldige diepte gecreëerd.
Wat een landschap; prima titel!
Ik krijg er dorst van.....!

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-03-13 5:42]

Hi Hans,
Awesome photo. The colors of the desolation is amazing.

Hola Hans
Buena imagen de este solitario arbol en la inmensa llanura , buen encuadre luz y color , buena nitidez y texturas , una excelente composicion , felicidades
Buen trabajo
Buen fin de semana

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-13 8:30]

Hello Hans,
The creation is excellent here with good observation and image.
Best regards.
Have a good Weekend

Hello Hans

Beautiful picture from a desertic place, with a lot of details on this lonely tree ! Good light too !
TFS :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2010-03-13 11:26]

The washed-out colours really add to the feeling of desolation here, Hans
superb vista, outstanding composition

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-03-13 12:18]

Hi Hans,
You rendered so well this atmosphere. We can see the vibrant warmth in the air. Very good colors emphasized by f16. I envy you a little to have visit this wonderful country. Bravo! Annie

Hello Hans,

Desolate is a good adjective for this landscape: vast dry and featureless.
The Quiver Tree is perfectly placed in the frame for impact, its spiky leaves featuring clearly against the blue sky .
The dof is excellent for this long range shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Terrific shot here Hans - love the composition, placement of that lonely tree against the vast, open landscape is very effective. What a place - what an adventure!

Strong image! Harsh subject, scary to be there lost... alone.

Well composed perspective including tree and good use of wide lens to enhance sizes and the mood of loneliness.


Bonjour Hans.
Un avant-plan qui donne un bon comparatif de la dimension que couvre cette image.
L'effet 3D est parfaitement obtenu grâce à un bon angle de prise de vue. Bravo.

Bonne journée.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-03-15 1:03]

Hello Hans

Missed this one & I recognise the same tree as in yesterdays upload! Superb warm cold color contrasts, & splendid framing & sharpness. Tfs!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-03-15 4:41]

Prachtige diepe kleuren Hans ik vind de donkere heuvels in de verte gaaf,dat geeft diepte aan de foto,volgens mij woont daar helemaal geen hond.


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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2010-03-15 4:52]

For me this is the best shot of Namibia in your portfolio...it shows the desolate landscape perfectly of this country i fell in love with on first sight. Top shot!



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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-03-15 9:17]

Dit is ook een plaatje! Die prachtige boom op de voorgrond en dan die bergen in de verte geven veel diepte in de foto!! Ik geniet ook van de lijnen in de foto die je ogen naar de rechterkant van de foto trekken.

Mooi hoor!!


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2010-03-15 18:56]

Great comp
Amazing place

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