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Tree of Life!!! | by Ammar Shaban
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Tree of Life!!!

The Tree of Life or Sharajat-al-Hayat, as the Arabs call it, is 400 old mesquite tree which stands lonely in the heart of desert and from far away it looks like a green spot in the white desert. The mystery of the survival of the tree has made it a legend. The name “tree of life” is absolutely fit for the tree as it truly symbolizes the magic of life. A legend is also attached to the place where the tree is located. The local inhabitants believe with heart and soul that this was the actual location of the Garden of Eden.

This large tree, with its solid trunk, stout branches and luxuriant green leaves is a mystery to one and all, stands majestically on top of a 25-foot-high sandy hill. The tree has continued growing-despite the extremities of the climate. At present it is 32 feet in height.

It is fascinating to see something grow in such heavy conditions - loneliness, heat, drought, dust storms and grazing animals. The average temperatures are probably about 110 or so and the hot winds blow heavily.

The tree’s source of water is mystery. Biologists may say that its roots go very deep and wide to get water from the reserves of sweet springs kilometers away. The Bedouins believe that Enki, the mythical God of water, had showered its blessing and greenery on the Tree. According to one theory of some scientists who have studied the rings on the trunk of "Tree" (a tough, ancient acacia), they say it is over 1500 years old. Almost declaring it as the best preserved heritage of the 5000 years old land of "Dilmun" (meaning noble) which was ancient name of Bahrain.

 

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Focal Length: 18mm

Aperture: f/10

ISO: 500

Shutter Speed: 191 sec

Flash: did not fire

Hoya ND400 filter was used

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Taken on November 15, 2011