Baobab on the Planet of the Little Prince

I recently wrote in a flickrmail to a friend :


I, too have struggled at times with my photography - I see the same subjects done over and over: smoke, drops of water, insect eyes, and yes, flowers and sunsets.

I have often though I should just enjoy the work of others. I also don't want to WORK at flickr. Some people spend 8 hours a day commenting and faving everything in sight, so they can get hundreds of comments and faves back.

Completely senseless if all you want is attention in return. In fact, I've been very bad for months about faving anyone else's work - I probably went two months without faving. Part of it was to see if people would still visit my work, just because they liked it. Some visited, some stopped.

There are a 100,000 great photographers out there, and I'm not good enough to make any kind of living at it, so I just go with enjoying the process, and playing with "darkroom" post-processing techniques. If it's not FUN, it's not worth it to me.

I can sure relate to how you've been feeling, thought. . I can't tell you how many times I've seen clouds recently, had the urge to grab my camera, and then thought, Jeeez, that's been done before, why do it again if I can't make it exceptional? Does the world need another OK photo of clouds?


I come to flickr for amazement and inspiration . . and if someone likes my photos, good - but I won't die without it. If a photo of mine helped you get closer to snapping that next photo or yours, then I'm delighted.


If you haven't read THE LITTLE PRINCE - here it is


1k-7591 tree

  • night n day 8y

    Brilliant work!
  • MAIKA 777 PRO 7y

    Great work, exceptional lighting!
  • sajrow 7y

    Well put. I think your words are ones to live by. Thanks.
  • Stephanie Thompson 7y

    "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."
  • Shane Henderson 7y

    i see that this was originally a bansai tree, but do baobab trees grow leaves like that? i have no idea, the ones i saw and took photos of were down in disneyworld (so who knows if they were even real!!! haha) nice work, looks natural with the clouds opening up on the right and the light shining onto the tops of the leaves
  • token2 7y

    Fantastic photography, hope you don't mind but i used it to illustrate newspiece i wrote. you can find it at:
  • Michiel Poodt 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called photomatic • one tree, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Rainbow Dragon 76 7y

    Oh... WOW!!! What a fabulous image. It looked like a tree on the very top of a mountain. Nice work!!! :D

    P.S. I know... I know it is not on top of a mountain. It just looks like it.

    Este arbolito parece tener buenas raices ... me gusta :-)
  • Paulo Nuno 7y

    very interesting photo,i didn't even notice that this was a bonsai,well done.
    the sky is very dramatic,and the light on the tree trunk is excelent.
    your text is very good,i feel better for not being a very popular photographer here in flickr.
  • [[selina]] 7y

    I love this photo! :) and the little prince is one of my fave books :D
  • miradel 7y

    I am sure the Little Prince was talking exactly about this tree :)
  • Tunguskah 6y

    Finally, I found it! Thanks a million.

    "J'ai essayé mais je n'ai pas pu réussir. Quand j'ai dessiné les baobabs j'ai été animé par le sentiment de l'urgence". - A. de S. Exupéry
  • palmgo 6y

  • garlandcannon PRO 6y

    I like your image, and I would like to ask permission to use it in a photomanipulation I hope to do related to The Little Prince.

    Encontrada en una bsqueda. (Yo también quiero esto)
  • Rodrigo Sousa 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called KINTALL NATURE TREES, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    It´s one group associated with to WEB KINTALL.BLOGSPOT
    One "Bonsai art blog" with one topic dedicade to Nature Photos.


  • Massimiliano Teodori PRO 4y

    I appreciate your shot and you message.
  • jacinta lluch valero PRO 4y

    fantastico ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Hartmut Bardtke PRO 4y

    See in:

  • a n i 3y

    woooow so lovely! the little prince is my favourite book :)
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