The Dead Sea, known for being the saltiest body of water in the world, presents an unexpected sight to its visitors. You’ll be surprised to see a tree growing on a pristine white salt island near Ein Bokek beach, since the high salt concentration makes it impossible for any plant or animal to thrive. The Dead Sea Salt Island, located within swimming distance from the beach in Ein Bokek, is a surreal natural formation surrounded by turquoise water and made of dazzling white salt. In the center of the island, there’s a shallow pool of water that looks alluring along with a tree which seems out of place.
It’s quite surprising that the Dead Sea tree hasn’t received much attention on social media platforms like Instagram, considering how spectacular it is. It’s surreal to witness a living thing flourishing in a body of water that’s renowned for being unable to support any life. However, appearances can be deceiving.
The tree on the salt island may look like it naturally belongs there, but in reality, it was an art installation created by a local artist. The artist took the tree and carefully placed it on the island to create a unique piece of art. He has been diligently tending to the tree every day, making sure it gets the necessary nutrients to survive in such a harsh environment. Despite its artificial placement, the tree still manages to thrive, with buds on its branches and roots reaching into the salty soil below.
The Dead Sea is slowly dying as the water level recedes each year, and the appearance of the “tree of life” could be a symbolic representation of this phenomenon. It’s uncertain whether the tree growing in the middle of the sea is the metaphor or if it’s the symbol of the receding shoreline. Nevertheless, the reason behind the tree’s existence doesn’t seem to matter much as it serves as a perfect prop for Instagram-worthy snapshots.
If you happen to be traveling to the Dead Sea and happen to come across Ein Bokek, be sure to take a moment to admire the tree of life and the stunning sea island that it flourishes on.