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They are not dead just finished growing...

 

...return to Namibia. Oh how I wish --- another 3 months in the surrounds would be just fine...*sigh....

 

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Sand blown on the dune tops at Deadvlei, lighted up by the early morning sun, Namibia.

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The dead vlei is situated inbetween the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei. It is a salty area where nothing grows anymore. Thousand of years ago, there was water at this place but now it has all dried up and the trees turned into stone. Here you'll see the family trees of mam and dad together, and their 2 children. At this place you'll loose al sight on distances.

 

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Deadvlei is one of, if not the most, iconic locations in Namibia and somewhere I've wanted to visit for quite a while. It is a clay / salt pan in the middle of the desert; basically a marsh that has not only dried up, but lost water at such a rate that the remaining, dead trees have no moisture to decompose and are essentially frozen in time.

 

The salt pan is surrounded by very high, bright orange sand dunes, while the ground is a hard, white, cracked clay.

 

The common shots of here show the almost black trees against the vibrant orange sand and the bright blue sky. Instead of showing you my take on those shots, I first thought I'd show you something less common; Deadvlei at night.

 

I say night, but this isn't totally the case. You'll notice that the Milky Way in this shot isn't as clear and apparent as some of my other night shots. This is because this photo was taken just after sunset; I've never seen the Milky Way come out so early.

 

After shooting the sunset, I hung around for half an hour to see how the sky changed. The stars came out amazingly fast. Although I have other shots from this location that have a more defined Milky Way, I really liked the mood of this image. I hope you like it as well.

 

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Nikon D800 / ISO 2500 / f/2.8 / 25s / Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED @ 14mm / Location: Sossusvlei, Namibia

 

Dunes at Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.

2 elephants in the foresground at Okakuejo waterhole Namibia. There are Black Rhinos, and giraffes in the background

Late sun at Sossusvlei

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Photo of a burning sunset taken over a loan tree at Sossusvlei in Namibia

Our 4x4 sits under an amazing blanket of stars.

 

This was taken at Sessriem Camp, Namibia.

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The dead vlei is situated inbetween the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei. It is a salty area where nothing grows anymore. Millions of years ago, there was water at this place but now it has all dried up and the trees turned into stone. You can get lost in these desert area very easily so you have to use a guide to visit this place.

 

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The parched ground of Deadvlei has received unusual rains bringing new life to the area. They could call it the big lizard dune...

 

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The seond night at my campsite I tried capturing and as much of the milky way as I could before the moon rise as it was full moon , even then the moon light took out a lot of detail from the milky way , Not the greatest shot of the milky way but I am still pleased with this as its the first shot I have of the Milkyway .

 

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Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Dead Vlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.[2]

The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin, and roughly means "dead end marsh". "Vlei" is the afrikaans word for "marsh", while "sossus" is nama for "no return" or "dead end". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin (i.e., a drainage basin without outflows) for the ephemeral Tsauchab river. -Wiki-

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Photo of a Burchell's zebra taken at Etosha National Park, Namibia. The photo catches the Zebra's stare and the details within its stripes.

This amazing tree was lit by the early morning sun in front of the famous Dune 45 in Namib Naukluft National Park. The Dune was still in shade. I think the patience was worth it...

 

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Dunes at sunrise, Sossus Vlei, Namibia

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with oryx trail.

 

NamibRand Nature Reserve (Wolwedans), Namibia.

  

Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name Sossusvlei is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin for the ephemeral Tsauchab River. (Wikipedia)

When the elephants departed - Black Rhinos and Giraffes come to the waterhole for their drink.

For two nights this was our home.

What an awesome place, the stars, the sounds of wildlife... heaven on earth!

While looking at this image I have to think of the meeting I had overhere with a hyena. I never runned that fast back to the lodge ;-)

Make sure that you'll be at the sand dunes of the Sossus Vlei in Namibia before the sun rises. As you whach the sun come up, the landscape covers itself into the most beautiful colours!

Sooc...no crop...just curves...

actually was on the way down when I took this...

 

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Ostrich running in the Erongo region of Namibia.

 

Photo taken at dawn as the sun lights the kicked up dust and beams light up the background

Photo of a branch shaped like a dragons head with a cloud burning sunset behind it.

 

Photo taken in Sossusvlei in Namibia.

 

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This is Dune 45, the one many tourist climb as it is only 262 ft (80metres) high. It doesn't sound much but I assure you it's tough going. Dune 45 is so named because it is 45Km from the NP entrance, other dunes are similarly named although there is also Big Daddy & Big Mamma.

 

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

 

The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

 

The word 'Sossus' is from Bushman and Nama origin and it means: 'A gathering place of water'. The word Vlei is Afrikaans meaning a shallow area that becomes flooded during the rainy season.

 

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Morning light over the Namib desert in Namibia.

 

The Namib Desert is a desert in Namibia and southwest Angola that forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The name "Namib" is of Nama origin and means vast.

 

The desert occupies an area of around 80,900 km²[1] (31,200 square miles), stretching about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia. Its east-west width varies from 30 to 100 miles (50-160 km). The Namib Desert also reaches into southwest Angola. It is one of the 500 distinct physiographic provinces of the South African Platform physiographic division.

   

Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years[2], it is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. The Namib's aridity is caused by the descent of dry air of the Hadley Cell, cooled by the cold Benguela current along the coast. It has less than 10 mm (0.4 inches) of rain annually and is almost completely barren.

 

A number of unusual species of plants and animals are found only in this desert. One of these is Welwitschia mirabilis, one of the most unusual species. Welwitschia is a shrub-like plant, but grows just two long strap-shaped leaves continuously throughout its lifetime. These leaves may be several meters long, gnarled and twisted from the desert winds. The taproot of the plant develops into a flat, concave disc in age. Welwitschia is notable for its survival in the extremely arid conditions in the Namib, sometimes deriving moisture from the coastal sea fogs.

 

Although the desert is largely unpopulated and inaccessible, there are year-round settlements at Sesriem, close to the famous Sossusvlei and a huge group of sand dunes, which at more than 300 meters (984 ft) high are among the tallest sand dunes in the world. The complexity and regularity of dune patterns in its dune sea have attracted the attention of geologists for decades. They still remain poorly understood.

 

The interaction between the water-laden air coming from the sea via southerly winds, some of the strongest of any coastal desert, and the dry air of the desert causes immense fogs and strong currents, causing sailors to lose their way. Along with the Skeleton Coast further north, it is notorious as the site of many shipwrecks. Some of these wrecked ships can be found as much as 50 metres (55 yds) inland, as the desert slowly moves westwards into the sea, reclaiming land over a period of many years.

 

The Namib desert is an important location for the mining of tungsten, salt and diamonds. As documented in some extraordinary detail in the BBC Planet Earth (TV series) episode #5 on deserts, there is a struggle for existence in this desert by elephants, lions, oryx and other valiant survivors, a struggle that is surprising in that anything can find sustenance here at all. (A pair of oryx is seen on the Namibian coat of arms.)

 

Access is by light aircraft from Windhoek (the capital of Namibia, about 480 km (298 mi) north-east of the centre of the desert), Swakopmund and Walvis Bay at the north end of the desert, or overland on gravel roads.

 

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Sesriem - Namibie

 

Cette photo a été réalisé durant mon voyage en Namibie, dans le désert du Namib. J'ai séjourné 3 jour au "Sossus Dune Lodge", que je conseille vraiment pour ceux qui souhaite visiter cette région. Il est en effet le seul lodge qui se situe a l'intérieur de ce park, et vous donne donc un accès a des heures privilégiés (avant le lever, et après le coucher du soleil)

 

Cette région, appelé "Sossusvlei" est entouré par les plus hautes dunes du monde, ce qui explique la verticalité du désert sur cette image. Au lever et coucher du soleil, le sable prend cette couleur rouge orangé, qui donne vraiment une atmosphère surréaliste a ce lieux.

 

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Look up and one can see the dust rising from the sand all along the horizon. These dunes are built by the wind...

 

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Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name Sossusvlei is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin for the ephemeral Tsauchab River. (Wikipedia)

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

 

The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

 

The word 'Sossus' is from Bushman and Nama origin and it means: 'A gathering place of water'. The word Vlei is Afrikaans meaning a shallow area that becomes flooded during the rainy season.

 

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Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

 

The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

 

The word 'Sossus' is from Bushman and Nama origin and it means: 'A gathering place of water'. The word Vlei is Afrikaans meaning a shallow area that becomes flooded during the rainy season.

 

One of the fascinating deserts. The ferruginous sand provides the red-brown color.

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