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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 6 October 2010 in Plant & Nature.

This tree is at the base of the rock wall the formations sit upon. As you can see, the top is up peeking at the shapes. One of the rain runoff channels I noticed empties right onto this tree.

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Very nice capture Steve! Trees can grow in some of the most amazing places.

6 Oct 2010 5:05am

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Nice shot

6 Oct 2010 6:28am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ahhh . . another reminder that we worry far too much about Nature . . She is far more resourceful than we might ever imagine ! Amazing image, though.

6 Oct 2010 7:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Etonnant ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

6 Oct 2010 7:08am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

a nice touch of green in this salmon desert ;-)

6 Oct 2010 7:15am

Florence from Paris, France

How can it possibly grow in such a desert ? That's miracle. The color of the trunk echoes the colors of the rocks. How "chic". ;-)))

6 Oct 2010 7:53am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Amazing tree.

6 Oct 2010 8:16am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Strange things happen... haha.

6 Oct 2010 8:17am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Amazing. I love the juxtaposition.

6 Oct 2010 8:43am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great capture.. Amazing how they survive the harsh condition of the desert.

6 Oct 2010 8:46am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A hermit in the desert! Magnificent shot. Good day.

6 Oct 2010 8:46am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

That's an awesome tree Steve and fabulously composed and captured...the colors are wonderful!

6 Oct 2010 8:46am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

I like the surprising shape of this palm tree which survives right by the rock without being apparently disturbed

6 Oct 2010 8:57am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

An unexpected kind of tree. Nice surprise ^^

6 Oct 2010 9:00am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great capture! This palm tree is very original!

6 Oct 2010 9:38am

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

very nice colors steve :-)

6 Oct 2010 9:45am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Such a soft contrast in middle of these stone forms! Like an alien :)

6 Oct 2010 10:04am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Really fanciful "trunk"! :)
Is it a type of palm tree?

6 Oct 2010 10:41am

@London Caller: I think it's a Desert Fan Palm.

Mariana Maodush from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. what an unexpected tree ;)) Great !

6 Oct 2010 1:00pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Stunning shot Steve! I love the color tones and textures! What an interesting tree!!! Very cool shot!!!

6 Oct 2010 1:13pm

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Oh ! comme il est étrange ce petit arbre ! C'est magnifique, il semble si seul au milieu de toute cette roche. Un ensemble qui surprend et qui donne à ta photo un air très très original.

6 Oct 2010 1:39pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

smart tree.

6 Oct 2010 1:42pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! interesting tree...
Love the colours and textures...

6 Oct 2010 2:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

neat capture

6 Oct 2010 2:57pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Water is everything in this land, I would think. Interesting example of nature's provision and the growing result.

6 Oct 2010 3:10pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Unbelievable it can grow in that environment! Not a place you would expect a palm tree to grow. Beautiful photo and find Steve!

6 Oct 2010 3:12pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great tittle cause that's just what I thought when the page opened !!! What ???
A very unique sight, something very unusual for me !
great capture.

6 Oct 2010 4:08pm

10Fraction from Rennes, France

you would say nothing can grow in this area, but there is a marvelous green spot of a tree! The nature is wonderfull, and you bring it to us through your wonderfull pictures

6 Oct 2010 4:21pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

Its roots had to find a water tank to grow so much and in this dried out landscape he seems to be the only one … A surprising specimen !

6 Oct 2010 5:12pm

Phil D. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

One of the amazing captures of this series, also a plant looking so
distinct and beautiful in a rather unlikely place but seemingly in the
right place, for beautiful life.

6 Oct 2010 6:39pm

titi from France

oh..une superbe photo ..

6 Oct 2010 7:23pm

Marleen from Netherlands

Haha, so strange to see this tree here....! Great title, that was my first thought (in dutch of course=wat;-))

6 Oct 2010 7:37pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

very nice shot with lovely tone

the tree is lucky for the rain water formation or else how could it survive :)

6 Oct 2010 8:14pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5***** i like it

6 Oct 2010 8:39pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

a tree in that dry place is very unbelievable..but cool

6 Oct 2010 8:46pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Awesome shot Steve - Fan Palms can do it just about anywhere that (1)a little birdie or coyote has been and (2)some water comes and goes ..... Great shot

6 Oct 2010 8:46pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Another amazing shot, I didnt imagine trees growing there

6 Oct 2010 8:57pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Seems to be doing very well there, are there any other examples around...? Beautiful capture.

6 Oct 2010 10:52pm

@Michael: There are a few more smaller palm trees there right next to the rock wall. We'll be seeing them later.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Cool find and well-shot. This palm tree seems like an unlikely counterpoint to all the red rock and clay surroundings.

7 Oct 2010 12:21am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Looks like a landscape out of planet Mars !
Love this intense red color.

7 Oct 2010 3:06am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting "trunk" to this tree. It looks like hay. Great DoF here.

7 Oct 2010 3:51am

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Praise for the vitality! and i think it should be very careful for you to take pics like these in such a circumstance, Steve! thanks a lot for sharing and take care:))
best wishes!

7 Oct 2010 4:32am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A beautiful landscape. Lovely colours and detail

7 Oct 2010 8:52pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love this composition with the palm in the foreground. Beautiful shot.

8 Oct 2010 5:51am


Un seul mot!Superbe!Bravo!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

8 Oct 2010 1:37pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Awesome palm tree. No doubt it rules this landscape!

8 Oct 2010 2:24pm