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On the way to Derby from Broome, about 4 miles (7 km) from the town, there is a sign to a “Boab Prison Tree”. A track leads you to is a very large 1500 year old hollow boab tree.

In the 1890s, it was used as a lockup for aboriginal prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. The tree is hollow, with an incredible 46 foot (14 metres) in circumference!

Aboriginals used the giants as shelter, food and medicine. For the white settlers they served as easily recognisable land marks and meeting points as well as impromptu prison cells. There are quite a few “prison trees” in the Kimberley.

For the Aboriginal people, every boab tree is unique. They have character and personality. Some boab trees are 1500-1600 years old or more. This makes them the oldest living beings in Australia, and puts them amongst the oldest in the world.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2013 - 9:18 AM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:AUSTRALIA 2013 #41
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:16 Apr 2014 - 6:15 PM
Tags:ADANSONIA GREGORI, BOAB, Derby, Flowers & plants, PRISON TREE, THE KIMBERLEY, Western australia
Votes:25
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32885 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 7:05 PM

Both interesting and well documented imagery.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 7:39 PM

Great write up and good set of images. V2 is my favourite - love the sense of mystery.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 8:24 PM

Fascinating narrative Jean-Noel. Never seen or heard of these things before.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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capto
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16 Apr 2014 - 10:41 PM

A fascinating and informative set.Smile

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 11:26 PM

Incredible sight - and another leaning curve - thank you.
Joan

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2014 - 12:50 AM

Astonishing images, these trees are huge and very special! Thanks for the share!

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2014 - 12:42 PM

Another of nature's miracles.

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