In front of a famous background of stars and galaxies lies some of Earth's more unusual trees.
Known as quiver trees, they are actually
aloe plants that can grow to tree-like proportions.
The quiver tree
name is derived from the historical usefulness of their hollowed branches as dart holders.
Occurring primarily in southern
Africa, the trees pictured in the
above 16-exposure composite are in
Quiver Tree Forest
located in southern Namibia.
Some of the tallest quiver trees
in the park are estimated to be about 300 years old.
is light from the small town of
Far in the distance,
arching across the background, is the majestic
central band of our
Milky Way Galaxy.
Even further in the distance, visible on the image left, are the
Small Magellanic Clouds,
smaller satellite galaxies of the Milky Way that are
prominent in the skies of
Earth's southern hemisphere.
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