July 14, 2014

Branching Out

Photograph by Franck Boutonnet

A lone tree on the edge of the city seems to stand as a testament to Dubai’s changing landscape. The burgeoning cosmopolitan metropolis is home to some 2.1 million people.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.


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24 comments
Kip Keino
Kip Keino

Man 10,000, vs Nature 1. Who's going to win?  Man for the short term, nature in the long run.

D  Naruka
D Naruka

What a sad image. Well captured.


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A very negative picture,of man vs nature, with nature hanging on by thread! Definately dont like the odds here!  j.e.s........

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

A dead tree , an old mosque and the over-powering cityscape ...

And a feeling of desolation...

A very thought-provoking pic.

Raghavan SV
Raghavan SV

The contrast of Nature Vs. Technology vividly captured. Thanks

Janice H.
Janice H.

This strikes me as sad and depressing to see this one lone, ... what looks like a dead tree amidst so called progress.        I love trees and seem to need them around me.        I love them all, evergreens, deciduous, palm, it doesn't matter, they're all wonderful and beneficial to us.    Thank you Mr. Boutonnet for a touching, thought-provoking photograph!   

Rev. Danny Unger
Rev. Danny Unger

I see this from the comfort of the woods surrounding my house. I don't know how one can live without more trees.. 

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

The absolute starkness of contrast between the modern engineering/technology/architecture and nature could not be more vividly stated.  Wow. Such a wonderful pic. Thanks for sharing and congrats.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Prosperity in the background and desolation in the foreground. Amazing photo.

pamela letstalkaboutcorsica
pamela letstalkaboutcorsica

looks like he's on his last efforts for branching out, quite shocking in fact - barren, lifeless and cold

Jim H.
Jim H.

After "Man"...Nature will take it all back.

M R
M R

No money can buy nature! The elements from nature that you won't respect, nature will take it back.

Tommy B.
Tommy B.

dead or dormant tree?  probably dead...


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