Quiver Tree Dawning - Namibia Africa by Beth  Wode
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There are few iconic images that beat the quiver tree or kokerboom, Aloe dichotoma, its stylised shape giving it a prehistoric appearance, especially when etched against the deep colours of a Namibian sunset.
Situated on the farm Gariganus, 23 kilometres north-east of Keetmanshoop, the Quiver Tree Forest is a worthwhile detour, especially for keen photographers. Here several hundred of these curious trees can be seen growing as a dense stand amongst the rocky outcrops that are so characteristic of the southern parts of Namibia. The stand was declared a national monument and fenced for tourist viewing some fifty years ago.

Reaching heights of up to seven metres, the quiver tree is one of four Namibian aloes that are classified as trees. One of these, the bastard quiver tree, Aloe pillansii, is sometimes confused with the kokerboom, the difference being that A. pillansii has a taller trunk with fewer, more erect branches and a sparse crown, and has a much more limited distribution, being confined to the areas just north and south of the Orange River. The quiver tree, on the other hand, grows fairly commonly along Namibia’s western escarpment from the Orange River northwards into Kaokoland.In June and July quiver trees are covered in bright yellow flowers, attracting large numbers of birds and insects to their copious nectar. Baboons tear the flowers apart to get at the sweet substance, often stripping a tree of its blossoms soon after they have appeared. One of the quiver tree’s most attractive features is its bark, which is smooth, often with a pearly grey or golden sheen, sometimes flaking and cracked into diamond shapes, frequently folding like melting wax.

The Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van der Stel, recorded this fascinating and distinctive tree in 1685 where it grew in the northern Cape. He noticed that Bushmen fashioned quivers for their arrows from the soft branches, and it was this custom that gave rise to the tree’s common name.
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  • Beth  Wode
    Beth Wodeover 1 year ago

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    This is so beautiful Beth – great info too ! – Love it xx

  • Thank you Gail. Hard not to get a good pic here :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 1 year ago

    Beautifully captured Beth.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thank you Jude :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago


    Brilliant!!

  • Thanks Margaret :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you Larry :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 1 year ago

    Beautiful work Beth:)
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thank you Colleen :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Outstanding light and colour Beth.

  • Thanks so much Julie :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 1 year ago

    Love it!

  • Thanks Kay :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    17/06/13

  • Awesome Vicki, thank you very very much :)

    – Beth Wode

  • Johanna26
    Johanna26over 1 year ago

    Awesome capture Beth

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