I wanted to do a portrait of a camelthorn tree but it is always difficult to get a single tree or a situation where the background and foreground does not detract from it. At this specific point in the dunes and central part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park the opportunity was there including the backround that enhanced the message of the Camelthorn I tried to bring across. The Camelthorn is the major reason for the abundant micro habitats along the desert riverbeds that stimulate the chain reaction that attracts the mega predators to the riverbeds wich in turn ultimately attracts the tourists. They are the only large trees that can survive in the Kalahari tempratures and aridness and allow the large birds of prey to nest as well as for Leopards to ambush rest and feed in. The specimens that die are visible for thousands of years. The  juxtaposition between dead camelthorn and the mocking rains that bring life around the thunderstorm in the distance as if the camelthorn is saying to the clouds "Why now, do you drop the water when Im already dead" is the overwhelming message . !In those days getting to this spot was a long 4x4 trek over the dunes and dangerous territory and no tourist was allowed there. Today theres a tented camp buildt on the site as well as many other tented camps towering from the dunes to "increase profitablity". In many ways it also symbolises the death of the old Kgalagadi Transfrontier park built and managed by three generations of the Le Riche family and Dawie De Villiers the "Mata Mata" ranger that invited me to Bitterpan and one of the last of the "old rangers".