Where Only the Harshest Survive by Jill Fisher

Where Only the Harshest Survive by 

CLICK ON PIC TO VIEW LARGE. Quiver Trees (Aloe Dichotoma) at Fish River Canyon in the Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa. Quiver Trees are locally known as “quiver tree” (Afrikaans: kokerboom) because bushmen use its branches to make quivers. They hollow them out and cover the one end with a piece of leather and thus skilfully make from this tree, which they call Choje, a strong and serviceable quiver.

Large trunks of dead trees are also hollowed out and used as a natural fridge. Water, meat and vegetables are stored inside it. The fibrous tissue of the trunk has a cooling effect as air passes through it, a so-called natural fridge.

The young flower buds can be eaten and have a similar appearance and taste to asparagus. Sugar birds are drawn to these flowers in winter where they feed on the nectar produced by the flowers. Aloe dichotoma is an extremely tough tree that may reach an age of over 80 years and a height of approximately 7 metres.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm lens.

My favourite artist, Vincent Van Gogh once said “the way to know life is to love many things” and I hope those words are reflected in my photography.

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  • Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie
    Explorations A...almost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful shot Jill! B & w really enhances the starkness of the landscape.

  • Thanks very much Dan

    – Jill Fisher

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, just gorgeous!!!

  • Thank you Laurie

    – Jill Fisher

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome Jill! Love it.

  • Many thanks Arfan

    – Jill Fisher

  • shutterbug2010
    shutterbug2010almost 3 years ago

    Incredible shot Jill, a definite favorite!

  • Many thanks for the fave

    – Jill Fisher

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 3 years ago
  • Thanks Albert

    – Jill Fisher

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Excellent shot, Jill!

  • Thank you David

    – Jill Fisher

  • Many thanks David

    – Jill Fisher

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Most interesting description and a lovely shot

  • Thanks Kala, glad you reading the description

    – Jill Fisher

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature!

    – Jill Fisher

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    27 May 2012 – 2 images per day

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