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Quiver Tree Forest

Quiver Tree Forest
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-21
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia
Date Submitted: 2008-10-30 10:17
Viewed: 5243
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This posting shows a species of aloe. They are locally called trees and this concentration, near Keetmanshoop is called the 'Quiver Tree Forest', even though they are not really trees and certainly not a forest! They are, however, very striking and superficially resemble the Joshua Trees of SW USA - which are a species of lily!!

Aloe dichotoma, also known as Quiver tree or Kokerboom, is a species of aloe indigenous to South 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.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-30 10:55]

Hi James. What a unusual looking tree. It looks great against the clear blue sky with the moon in the picture. Good detail and natural colours.I like you POV from behind the rocks. well done Interesting notes too.

Hi James,

Good composition with the "Trees" and rocks against that nice African sky. Good detail and DOF



Merhaba James,ne kadar ilginç bir ağaç.Güzel bir kompozisyon ve güzel bir açı,ellerine sağlık :)

Hello James! Wonderful tree. Nice sky. Good POV and composition. Very good capture. Original picture. Good luck!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-30 12:02]

Hello James,
nice capture, liked the pov and the composition, you have handeled the exposure well here, suitable framing and good notes,
Regards Siggi

great landscape and clarity, TFS Ori

Hi Big Bro James,
An interesting tree which I have not seen before. Great scene too. TFS and cheers,


A beautiful scene in an otherwordly effect James, a razor-sharp image with tremendous depth. TFS this my friend.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-30 14:24]

Hello James,
What a strange looking "forest", your image is well composed and shows of this species superbly. Thank you James.

Hi James,
Very beautiful capture of this interesting trees. Good composition, sharp details, good DOF and nice blue sky on the BG.

Full marks to you on this one, mate!
Excellent shot, from any perspective!

Super photo...do they have any of the healing qualities of the aloe I know..some call the burn plant? It looks a lot drier.....hmmmm...Cactus looks as it should..this appears drier..I am amazed...you are a good teacher for sure..If my wife was in your class she would be talking all day about it I'm sure... I always call her to see your images...

Splendid composition with the Quiver Trees and the rocks, James.
Your fresh footage from Namibia is very interesting, informative and attractive.
The blue sky with a sliver of moon in it provides a fantastic background.
There is something cheerful about this image.
Thanks and regards.

Hi James,

nice landscape picture from Namibia.
great details and beutiful colours.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-31 0:55]

hi james,
very interesting tree, here beautifuly looking in a nice composition and against clear sky. well captured. good to no so much about this tree. tfs.

Ciao James,
i tuoi paesaggi sono fantastici ed inconsueti, cerchi sempre di trasmettere l'essenza delle terre che visiti con meravigliose composizione come in questa immagine dalla definizione straordinaria, bellissimi i colori e stupenda sfumatura del cielo con la piccola Luna ancora splendente.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40570)
  • [2008-10-31 2:13]

Hello James,
Very strong picture of difficult and dry locations. The strange shape of this Quiver tree adds to the visual impact of this special picture. "Une image très parlante",like we say in French.
Thanks and best regards

Hi James,
Very nice composition with the rocks and Kokerbooms
Well seen

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-31 6:09]

You managed a great picture in such a strong light, James, it is superb and the composition is beautiful. Those big rocks at the left with those strange aloe trees seem to come from out of this world. The pure light and sky are fantastic. With the tiny moon. Many thanks, a great picture once more and I'll be back to catch up on all the missed pictures,


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What a cool looking tree! I didn't know Joshua trees were lilies either. Great notes. Wonderfully composed photo. Great true-to-life color and saturation.

This is amazingly sharp James.... gotta love that lens, the clear air, and your ability. I like the inclusion of three "trees" and others disappearin in the distance. Nice work

Evelynn : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-10-31 12:15]

Hello James,
Excellent clear coloured photo in a superb composition and DOF.
Great sharpness. Very good low POV.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-01 1:28]

Hi James

Another terrific posting from you and a very fine demonstration that plants are just are intriguing and variate as animals.
I might have thought that this species here in your good photo isn't a real tree, but i would have never thought that the Joshua Trees are actually lilies :)
Thanks for another educational photo + note.
The shot is is lovely, with plenty of details on the "Quiver tree", a beautiful blue sky as BG and also a big of the habitat.

Bravo and TFS

PS: What happened to Paul?

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-01 14:47]

Hi James,
a fine capture of these Joshua Trees.
Is that the moon in the sky?
Very good clarity and crispness (if that's a word!) :-)
Great composition.
Excellent lighting.

Very well done,

Hi James,
The Jashua Trees did come to mind when I saw the photo. But these look more need and less cluttered. I like your low POV and the clarity of the photo. The moon is a great addition to the photo. Am I right that the rocks in the FG are very old?

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-03 9:51]

Hello James, great shot of that fantastic tree! You composed the picture brilliantly with a perfect technique, well done again!


Hi James. Thanks for sharing these trees that I have never seen before even in pictures. Beautifully shaped branches captured in excellent perspective. The spotless blue sky is a winner. Regards. Jusni

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-11-06 22:07]

Hello James,
Beautiful capture of this stark 'forest' with interesting 'trees' and beautiful boulders. I like the low POV, the fine light and the sharp details. The colours are wonderful too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello James,
Your Quiver tree forest is an interesting posting.
And as always a very good photographer's note as well.
I think that your lens with a focal length between 24 and 70 is very efficient here.
There's is a very good triangle in your work composition-wise. This generates a lot of depth.
Nicely done background as well as the rock formations are overall sharp.
Well done
Thanks for sharing

hello James

beautiful shot with fine POV, excellent contrast,
excellent luminosity, excellent sharpness & details, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-11-10 0:42]

Hello James,
A fine capture of this unusual species of tree in the Aloe family. Excellent POV and composition among the rocks of its habitat.
Kind regards,

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