Surreal Photograph of Camel Thorn Trees

Check out this photograph of camel thorn trees in Namibia shot by Frans Lanting. It looks like a painting but is actually a photograph…

Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.

Can your eyes and brain make any sense of it?

The photo will be appearing in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic which hits newsstands on May 31.

Update: In response to the photo going viral, National Geographic just published an interview with Lanting that sheds some light on this photo.

Image credit: Photograph by Frans Lanting/National Geographic and used with permission