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Saxaul, Gobi desert

Saxaul, Gobi desert
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-23
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC RX 100, Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 28-200 mm
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-11 9:24
Viewed: 2345
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From Mongolia:
Not all of the giant Gobi expanse is desert, much of it is a steppe even if the soil is covered to less than 20% with vegetation. Where a brook brings water from the mountains a kind of oasis may develop, like in this picture that was taken in the Altay Gobi Strictly Protected Aeea in Southwest Mongolia.
Conspicuous in this oasis is the Saxaul tree (Haloxylon ammodendron) in the foreground. The plant species has developed a considerable tolerance for aridity, wind, salinity and limited nitrogen. It has a thick, sponge-like, water-saturated bark and a succulent root system that reaches far down for water. The mature plant produces minuscule yellow flowers. It has leaves so small that they may not be readily apparent. The distribution of the Saxaul tree extends from Iran and Central Asia eastward across the Gobi Desert.
Since it has been used extenively by nomads for heating and by railways for the firing of steam engines it has become a rare sight outside the nature reserves (Info from Wikipedia).

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very nice shot of famous saxaul trees. Nicely composed and presented.
I saw it in Kazakhstan, but I cant see Saxaul Sparrow and Ground Jay, nesting on these trees.
Thanks for sharing Dietrich. Best wishes

Great notes ... have learnt something new. How wonderful.
And, TFS this special image.
A presentation done with taste.
Yes, TN is great!!!
I'm here in the comfort of my home; and, at the same time I'm travelling to all the exotic places of the world ... ALL FOR FREE!!!
Best regards to you, Dietrich from Mario in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-11 15:44]

Hi Dietrich,very interesting landscape from this famous desert,the pics from there on TN are very very rare and it's nice to watch the typical vegetation of the end of summer,great capture made in the usual excellent quality.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-10-11 18:49]

Hi Dietrich
Beautiful color in the foreground and amazing sky.


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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-10-11 19:53]

Hello Dietrich

Very nice picture of Mongolia desert and the saxaul tree, useful information too, nice composition and presentation of subject, good clarity and beautiful colors, nice DOF. Thanks for sharing.



It is a great pleasure for me to see your picture after a very long time, Dietrich. Welcome back!
This is a remarkable post from your travel to Magolia. The landscape is not only beautiful but also presents this very rare flora from that part of the earth.
Thanks and keep posting again.

interesting and beautiful, I did not know Haloxylon can get yellow like this, greetings Ori

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