March 26, 2014

Deserted Palms

Photograph by Bill Brewer, National Geographic Your Shot

"This group of palms was planted as part of a planned real estate project in Lucerne Valley, a small town in the California desert," says Your Shot member Bill Brewer. "The development failed and years later these dead palms remain. I've shot this group of palms a few times, but never at night. [The night I shot this] I was returning home after shooting along old Route 66 and had driven up on these old friends. The palms were lit by a combination of moonlight and a streetlight. The artificial lighting gives the palms a weird glamour."

Brewer's picture was recently selected for the Your Shot Daily Dozen.

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32 comments
Amanda Burns
Amanda Burns

Different angle on still life.....tragic, nice basket work too.

Shannon T
Shannon T

So sad. Art is meant to give you an emotional reaction and this definitely does that. Well done.

Maubouché Simone
Maubouché Simone

S'il n'y avait pas les étoiles, on se croirait le matin. C'est magnifique, cette prise de vue.

Merci.

William Callahan
William Callahan

I worked for California in '69 this brought back a vague memory, could I be remembering right?

Janice H.
Janice H.

Awww, that's sad.            No palm tree should be deserted and left to just languish.   However the beautiful sky and stars look down on the scene and make it magical, regardless of the situation.          A touching photograph.

Felicita Vazquez
Felicita Vazquez

I love nature,my life is out doors work in the garden and play in my pond we my fishes plus I work on my picture.      I'M happy to join National Geographic.  

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Weirdly wonderful !  Yet so good to look at with the shot taken at NIGHT,which is to me unbelieveable. Great going, Bill. The palms stand out so well against the sky and stars, rather like platted blond hair ! The pinpoint of car headlights away in the back, add to the all of it.  Thank you !  j.e.s.....

Rebekah Grant
Rebekah Grant

Really liked the stars in this shot.  I didn't realize the trees were dead until I read the caption.  Too bad, they are beautiful, even dead.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Amazing against the stars with the pieces sticking out in all directions at the top.  Art!

Bories Jung
Bories Jung

No lucky life for this eight palms in front of a colourful sky !  

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

The palms look as though they have been platted and then they ran out of twine. Great photo.

mirko p.
mirko p.

Extra shot!Congratulations!

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