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The Boab Savannah…

by on Aug.19, 2015, under Life, Photography

These amazing Boab trees were starting to be more frequent. Before coming here I was mentally under the impression that they weren’t all that common and that we would see them every now and then. How wrong I was…

The Boab tree is (as with other baobabs), easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which forms a massive caudex, giving the tree a bottle-like appearance. Endemic to Australia, boab occurs in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and east into the Northern Territory.

… and they were everywhere :).

Boabs Reaching

Boabs Reaching

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 8 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.
It was going to be another perfect night for stars.

Unfortunately there was nothing useful for foreground interest at or near the campground. With time to spare I went for a recce in the hot afternoon sun to search for a suitable shooting location.

I walked down the Victoria Highway and over the bridge about 500m from the campground. Looking down the river I could see some nice looking Boabs so I walked down along the river about 250m and found this grove of large Boabs in the tall grasses.

It was on private farm land but I was hoping the owners wouldn’t mind :). There were farm tracks heading to here so I followed them back and out to their entry road and then the main highway.

I came back after dinner just in time to catch the end of sunset and quickly setup a few twilight shots with a touch of light painting. If only I’d had more time and been here half an hour earlier…

The Boab Savannah

The Boab Savannah

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 30 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Still the stars were my main event…

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