Kelbe Photography

Quiver Tree Forest

Keetmanshoop is the gateway to the famous quiver tree forest. We have been there before and looked forward to more opportunities for landscapes at dusk and perhaps some night scapes and light painting. For the first time in the trip moonrise was late enough not to interfere with long exposure night scapes.

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The quiver tree is part of the aloe family and named because it is said the bushmen used the branches as arrow quivers. The tree has a soft and hollow centre and is succulent. They grow in and on the dry rocky basalt and granite in places otherwise inhospitable to vegetation and so are often seen perched dramatically on rocky outcrops. In Keetmanshoop there are a couple of particularly nice collections of trees and one has a camp site adjacent allowing you to walk in to the forest at any time. We settled in to wait for the light.

The trees are beautifully textured and stark which do well in silhouette .

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We spent a couple of happy hours with our tripods and a cold beer in the company of rock dassies waiting for the sun to go down and the milky way to come up. Unfortunately what we did not know was that the adjacent camp site had gestapo style periphery lights which caused havoc with the ambient night light over the forest. They also wanted to levy a night photography fee. Maybe we needed to pay them to turn the lights off!