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Tree of Life

Tree of Life
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Copyright: oz ranger (oz_ranger) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 22] (858)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-29
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/8 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-07 3:16
Viewed: 3048
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tree of Life (Arabic:Shajarat al-Hayah) is a 400-year old mesquite tree in Bahrain which is considered a natural wonder. This unique tree stands alone in the desert about 1.2 miles (two kilometers) from the Jebel Dukhan.

The source of water for this tree still remains a mystery, because it stands in a place completely free of water whatsoever.

Trivia: It is mentioned in the movie "LA Story"

Note: Didn't have my tripod with me, tried my best to keep it steady hand held especially at this low shutter speed.

Gotta remember to pack my tripod on a future visit ;-)

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Hi oz !
Beautiful and absolutely outstanding tree !!
Well done!


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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-04-07 3:39]

the shape of the tree make it dramatic. and that person give a sense of scale. Just needs smoother post processing


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2008-04-07 3:51]

Well done and good shot, I like this and it is covered with a dramatic view, TFS.

Hello oz,
It is beautiful tree.
Very dramatic shape and flow it has got.
Nice composition, and beautiful colors. TFS

Now this is my kind of shot! LOVE the long crop, an amazing Mesquite, here in Texas, with plently of water, they rarely EVERY grow half this size! There is nothing like barbeque cooked with mesquite! This is a great shot, love the illuminated cloud behind it!

Neat shot and note. The note is what made the picture for me. TFS.

Bonjour Oz

Cet arbre solitaire est terès étonnant...et cela donne une bien belle photo



hi, amazing tree!, nice that you included the person for a sense of scale


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-04-07 20:04]

Hello Oz, great composition and really good technique, thanks my friend!


I'm quite stunned. The lighting certainly gives this tree the appearance of an inner glow and shouts life. It is nice that nature can still perplex us. Clearly the tree is tapping water from somewhere.

You've done well in holding still the image looks incredibly sharp. I like the use of panorama format to match the tree's proportions.

(I saw a similar huge tree in a desert, it was supposed that the when the tree was a sapling water was abundant, and as the water receded it was able to grow roots to keep up. Hence no new saplings could successfully establish themselves. I wonder if the same applies here).


Hello Oz

What a surprising and interesting post. I like the simple POV and composition . Your post processing work, burning enhanced the aura around this mysthic tree.

I just wonder if it would not be better to take away the platform next to the tree for a better natural look.


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