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The Prison Tree…

by on Oct.21, 2015, under Life, Photography

The Boab Prison Tree is a large hollow Adansonia gregorii (Boab) tree just south of Derby.

This huge tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and is an incredible 14 metres in circumference. With its hollow centre and door cut into its side, the Boab Prison Tree was once used by early police patrols as a staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby.

The Prison Boab

The Prison Boab

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Today, the tree is a registered Aboriginal Site and is of cultural significance to local tribes and has become a local tourist attraction.

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.

Very large but not as large as the tree we’d stayed under the evening before.

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