Dead Tree, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – A dead tree against a blue sky with the dunes of the Namibian Sossusvlei in the back. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I have to admit that I am being attracted by single, dead trees. And I can’t say why. I think it’s the fact that the tree reveals an intimate view on all the details of his skeleton. It’s the realization that even a once strong and powerful tree that had been able to grow to a huge size will die at some point in time. If the tree is then embedded in a landscape that is obviously challenging for many forms of life, then it is super attractive for me. It does not matter whether that tree is in Utah or in Namibia (like this one.) When I see one, I’ll take a photo.

These images come with hard contrasts against the blue sky, further improved by the harsh shadows from the sunlight.

I could watch it for hours.


The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time07-DEC-2006, 08:12
LocationHardap, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/500 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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