Trees are a rare commodity in the desert. It is ironic that one of the most common trees seen in the region around the Phoenix area is actually Chilean in origin - the Chilean Mesquite. This particular tree is obviously not thriving, but the Chilean Mesquite actually handles the arid conditions of the desert very well. It needs only very infrequent watering. Most interesting, however, is the way that the branch gnarl and twist in a variety of directions. Even this dying tree had a certain poetic quality that drew me to it...and the scene beyond. I hope you enjoy this bit of Chilean flavor!
Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, Processed through Adobe Lightroom 4
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