Road by the Fever Tree

African savannah isn’t the homogenous, steady monotony that it appears on the Discovery Channel. (Well, back when the discovery channel showed nature documentaries, anyway.) Dirt roads and hills criss-cross it, and fever trees like this one grow where more water is available. The yellow-green bark comes from photosynthetically active cells. The name comes from an interesting illustration of the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy: when early European settlers went near water, they tended to contract malaria (thus the fever). They incorrectly attributed this to the trees, rather than the mosquitos breeding in the water.

Road by the Fever Tree

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4 thoughts on “Road by the Fever Tree”

    1. Thank you! Being there felt the way you describe—this combination of the very close and the very far that made it dreamlike.

  1. I was surprised by the HDR tag, but in a good way. That’s a tool that gets abused, but looks great here.

    1. I’m glad I could surprise you! “With great HDR power, comes great HDR responsibility.” I generally try to use the technique to better capture the subjective experience of a scene and simulate the kind of tonal range the human eye accomplishes.

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