The Tree Goats (On The Way From Marrakesh to Essaouira)

Marrakesh (Morocco). “I will show you a tree of goats!” – this is what my guide told me, on our way from Marrakesh to Essaouira. “A tree of goats?” – was my question – “What’s a tree of goats?”. I thought it was another one of the typical jokes that guides normally do to their customers. But kilometer after kilometer, I was getting more and more curious… “A tree of goats? Simply ridiculous, it’s impossible!”.

Of course the photo demonstrates that yes, a “tree goats” exists, it’s real and it was not a joke – at all!

Along the road connecting Marrakesh and Essaouira (but apparently in many other places in the western part of Morocco) it is frequent to see Argan trees, on which goats love climbing and eating. Although this scene can be very funny and folklorist, someone says that goats represent a serious threat for Argan trees and for those economies based on products prepared with Argan fruits (such as oils, creams, soaps etc.), especially because tourism has increased this phenomenon. Goatherds probably raise much more money from tourists taking photos of their “funny goats” climbed on Argan trees, than from milk and cheese produced by the same goats on the ground (and it’s definitely less complicated and tiring). But I hope it will remain something limited to tourists driving from Marrakesh to Essaouira – and for the jokes of Moroccan touristic guide.

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Shooting Poplars With Slow Shutter Speed

Some days ago I posted a photo of Venice that, due to its highly contrasted tones, was resembling a Macchiaioli’s painting. This time I’m posting an image that looks like coming from the Impressionism movement. Well, I took this photo with the clear intent of making an experiment: I tried to shoot some poplars trees with a slow shutter speed, moving (rotating) my camera in a bottom-up sense. At the end, I liked the final effect: it is a bit abstract and mesmerizing, but still nice to be observed.

For your information, these poplars are in Friuli Venezia Giulia, a wonderful region in the north-east of Italy.

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