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Good morning.....
Thanks for the votes and comments on my camels, much appreciated
The Namib is a coastal desert in Southern Africa. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place". The Namib stretches more than 2000 kilometres along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. From the Atlantic sea eastward, the Namib gradually ascends in elevation, reaching up to 200km inland to the Great escarpment.
Annual precipitation ranges from 2 millimetres in the most arid regions to 200mm at the escarpment, making the Namib the only true desert in Southern Africa. Having endured arid or semi arid conditions for roughly 55-80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world.
These images were taken during a guided trip into the desert with a field guide on Sunday, a truly amazing experience. The first four versions were taken from the top of a hill, you will see our van parked below. There are certain areas where they allow you out of the vehicle only because the desert has so much tiny plant life that you may stand on so they mark off a pathway you can walk on.
As you know landscapes are not my genre, so a bit out of my comfort zone.
Have a nice day
P.S sorry if I missed your images the last two days...with a flight home and Robs birthday yesterday, my time on epz has been limited, will catch up today

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Date Taken:23 Feb 2014 - 2:38 PM
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Title:Namib desert
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:27 Feb 2014 - 5:35 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Namib desert
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debu
debu  4 India
27 Feb 2014 - 6:01 AM

Superb images.
debu

bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 6:12 AM

Wouldn't like to be stranded out there Colleen good images
Rob

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 6:13 AM

Very dry and barren, Colleen, not much goes on there, I imagine. Why are you only allowed out of your vehicle in certain places, what danger is there? Carol

Suzicoo
Suzicoo e2 Member 2428 forum postsSuzicoo vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 6:21 AM

Looks a fascinating place,

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 6:28 AM


Quote: Very dry and barren, Colleen, not much goes on there, I imagine. Why are you only allowed out of your vehicle in certain places, what danger is there? Carol

No danger at all Carol, but There are so many tiny plants and insects that one can stand on. Some plants looks like stones ( still to upload) also lots of litchen plants.....and so much damage has been done to the flora and fauna in the past that they even ban vehicles off road.

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England21 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 6:38 AM

Wonderful shots Colleen but areas like that fill me with dread, the constant, dry, parched, dustiness of them. Give me wet old Britain any day.

Andy

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 6:51 AM

Superb set of desert images, Colleen. V2 and 4 are my faves. Interesting narrative.

Fred

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:00 AM

Excellent images Colleen, Desert's are far from featureless barren places, there are hidden gems everywhere,
Would hate to be stranded in one but clearly they provide some superb photo op's.

Dave.

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:20 AM

Lovely images of a baron place.Smile

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:29 AM

wonderful set colleen brilliant light and detail v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
andy

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:32 AM

A great set of images of this remarkable place ColleenSmile


Cliff

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
27 Feb 2014 - 7:40 AM

Lovely set of this landscape. My choice is generally the best composition and you have it in V1. Note how the rocks draw you into the picture. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:45 AM

Colleen, this is beautiful. You make me want to go back there, with its singing, soaring silence. The only reason I dont, is the absolute blinding heat at midday, and the all embracing, unbelievable glare of the sunshine!! I am too old for that! Regards Martin (ps I prefer v6, because it has some greenery!)

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:51 AM


Quote: Colleen, this is beautiful. You make me want to go back there, with its singing, soaring silence. The only reason I dont, is the absolute blinding heat at midday!)

This time of the year is bearable, most of the 4 days were cool, with fog until midday on the coast....we did this desert tour late afternoon (2-6 pm) rather than the morning to avoid being out in the midday sun.

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1831 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom91 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:59 AM

Effective set of images of this rather barren landscape which has its own intrinsic beauty.
Nigel

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
27 Feb 2014 - 7:59 AM

Very good desert images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin - In or out of your comfortzone Colleen ,but i think nobody could get any better images out of those places. - Peaceful and silent it is.--- Jukka.Smile

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 8:17 AM

I love the vastness and tranquility of deserts and these images portray that perfectly.

Caziwinkles
27 Feb 2014 - 8:38 AM

It is definitely a deserted desert! Cracking shots Colleen - not as far out of your comfort zone as you think. Smile

Carol

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 8:43 AM

its a pity to see a vehicle crashing through this wonderful vastness...
I would love to walk there.. barefooted...
but realise its a no go

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 8:44 AM

A truly vast place which looks very hot, great set of images.

Mary Grin

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 8:59 AM


Quote: Its a pity to see a vehicle crashing through this wonderful vastness...
I would love to walk there.. barefooted...
but realise its a no go

You would no doubt stand on a scorpion or sand snake. Both not good options. It was our vehicle in the pic and I wanted it there for a reason to give scale to the vast landscape. We were the only vehicle in the desert

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 338 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 9:01 AM

Hope you got shots of all those tiny plants and bugs, Colleen.
Good pictures today, of course, but don't think I'll bother making a similar trip.

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 9:15 AM

Wonderful pictures of this vast barren landscape, and yet life does exist. Look forward to more Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

gary_d
gary_d  6556 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 9:15 AM

Baron but so interesting, a great set of images. - gary

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom104 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 9:38 AM

Informative and interesting narrative supported by an equally interesting set of images Colleen. I love the barrenness and the feeling of isolation and loneliness that your images portray.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 10:09 AM

An unusual and interesting landscape to see.
I'd also love to be there at night, the stars must be wonderful.

B.

Mike_Young
27 Feb 2014 - 10:41 AM

A fascinating set of images Colleen, its great that the tour guides are taking such care of the environment and creating paths to protect the fragile flora and fauna.

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 10:57 AM

V3 for me Colleen the huge rocks in the foreground look amazing, what a barren place this is. Good for photos though SmileSmile

digital_boi
27 Feb 2014 - 11:22 AM

having lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years I know the stark beauty the desert can have I loved it

Graham

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 11:28 AM

Beautiful images Colleen Grin

Ali

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 12:01 PM

It's hard to imagine how vast the area is but with your excellent write up and images I'll do my best.Grin
Joan

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 12:12 PM

Deserts, inhospitable even have a special attraction, a little charming. In any case are excellent photographic subjects! That expresses and your picture set!
(And sorry for my confusion yesterday, Kalahari / Namib desert, but what can I do: in the North Africa there is only one at the same latitude (Sahara), why you, in south you have two deserts instead of one?) Further nice trip!
Silviu

viscostatic
27 Feb 2014 - 12:35 PM

It looks a very desolate area Colleen but your images give a very good impression of what it must be like. It is difficult to do much with landscape images if you are restricted to certain areas.

Phil.

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
27 Feb 2014 - 12:35 PM

Wonderful shots, looks an interesting place

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
27 Feb 2014 - 12:49 PM

A terrific set Colleen, I particularly like V1 for the pov and V3 for the little person included..Wink..Wonderful rich colours and detail.

Lynette Grin

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 1:16 PM

Looks a bit drier than over here! Wink A great set, Colleen, and particularly like V2 & V3 with the inclusion of the vehicle and figures, which show us a sense of scale of the area Smile
Trev Smile

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 1:42 PM

These desert landscapes are such a pleasure to view, so different to the majority of landscape scenes we see on here.
And what an experience to have been there and seen all this immense stretch of sand and boulders.
I think you were right to lead with your V 1 as the side lighting emphasises the f/g boulder field so well.
R.

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 3:00 PM

I'd never have thought of a desert being protected as you have described.
Wonderful images Colleen and the light isn't as harsh as it was in Australia when we visited The Pinnacles Desert.
You were probably like me in that you didn't know which way to turn to capture the best landscapes.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 3:12 PM

This is truly a desert ! The landscapes tell much , well done you, enjoyed!

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7132 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 3:13 PM

If i didn't know where these were taken, you can imagine that they were taken on Mars, i often look at pictures from the Mars Rover that is on that planet on NASA's website. Cracking set of shots Colleen

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 3:37 PM

Nice interesting setSmile

Eileen

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 4:12 PM

Great captures of this strange and unhospitable place at South Africa! Great writing very informative and great presentation, Colleen!
Regards,
George

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 4:24 PM

You're really whetting my appetite Colleen! I love v4.. Smile

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 5:02 PM

V4 looks as if it could be a lunar landscape. What a place! You're very brave to go there. Smile

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 5:09 PM

Very dry and barren an excellent set Colleen..Lin

alligatorpants
alligatorpants e2 Member 3alligatorpants vcard Canada
27 Feb 2014 - 5:13 PM

A beautiful vista. Shows the expansive desolation of this area.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 5:57 PM

Interesting narrative and desert set, Colleen.

P.

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 6:01 PM

A fine set Colleen, some wonderful Rocks and lovely Light.
Can't wait to see your Santorini pic's, it really is a Photographers Paradise SmileTongueGrin
(Three and a bit months) Smile

John Smile

evelen
evelen  9 England
27 Feb 2014 - 6:32 PM

great set of shots .
eve.Smile

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2209 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 7:20 PM

A very interesting set of images ColleenSmile
NettaSmile

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Feb 2014 - 8:16 PM

Lots of sand and emptiness

Peter

lblythe
lblythe  1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 8:19 PM

The contrast between that lovely blue sky and the land is very appealing.
L

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 - 8:39 PM

Lovely set Colleen. That looks quite a climb! Cathy

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 8:49 PM

fantastic



billy

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
28 Feb 2014 - 2:30 AM

Great dof and nice narration. you are looking stunning in your new portfolio image.

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 396 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 6:15 PM

Stunning set of images, Colleen, images v1 to v4 are brilliant, just luv the composition, colours and lighting.
Well done,
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile x

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:04 PM

There is nothing wrong with these landscape images. You should stay out your comfort zone more!WinkGrin
Ryan

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 - 1:30 PM

Another really fine set,especially V1,2,3,4.Nice to see you landscaping.

marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 9:20 PM

Each of these is worthy of its own upload and I suspect there are some terrific moody mono's in there trying to get out. Superb work Colleen, shortlisted!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 12:55 PM

A tremendous set of images showing us this inhospitable and rugged terrain. The inclusion of the tiny figures and the vehicle in a couple of the shots give us a real sense of scale and conveys the isolation and vast open space so well

ubaruch
ubaruch e2 Member 1ubaruch vcard Israel
4 Mar 2014 - 5:14 AM

Baeutifuly captured typical desert view !

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 5:30 AM

Looks a bit like some parts of SA, round Coober Pedy and the northern Flinders. Excellent desert landscapes, 3 and 4 are my fav.

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