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Good morning....
A big thanks to Carol (CarolG), Jukka (Kuvailija) and Darryl (Carper123) for their UA's, much appreciated
There are no minutes in the Namib desert more important than the minutes comprising dawn. In the time the night fades away and the sun creeps towards the horizon, warm air from the Atlantic ocean sweeps over the cold waters of the Benguela current. This combination of opposites creates a thick coastal fog that can penetrate 100km into the desert.
These fogs and the fresh water they contain are the life essence of the Namib. Moisture condenses on the desert grasses and on the bodies of small creatures. These sparse drops of dew must sustain them until the next dawn.
V1...At dawn, these ants can be found sipping dew that has condensed on the grasses. In order to limit water loss, they breath in short rapid bursts.They build their colonies in the soft sand under the grasses. These pink flowers are the size of a ladies finger nail so the ants are minute and hard to spot. V2 shows you how small the flowers are

V3.. The long legged beetle uniquely adapted to the use of fog. They have short front legs and long back legs.They climb to the crest of a dune or high spot in the desert and they collect water by facing the wind and raise their backsides to intercept the fog. This behaviour is known as "head standing" or "fog basking". Once the fog condenses onto droplets on their backs, it trickles down the beetles back towards the mouth. In a morning they can take in 40% of their body weight in water. During the day the beetle forages on the sandy surface and stays cool by running-creating its own wind these beetles were running so fast, hence my not getting a good shot , they disappeared so quickly.

V4.. Lithops commonly known as "Living stones" are probably the most well known member of the large succulent family of plants and are unique to this desert. These living stones consist of two lobed obconical (upside down cone shaped) body that is in fact a fused and thickened pair of opposite leaves. The stem is very short and not visible. They are referred to as living stones because of their close resemblance to the pebbles around them. They also rely on the daily fog for survival. Each pair will produce one solitary flower in Autumn. This flower is usually white or yellow or orange. You can see the flowers are starting to form. They open late in the day and close again at dusk. They are pollinated by bees, wasps and bugs that frequent the area.

Sorry for the long write up....have a nice Monday

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Date Taken:23 Feb 2014 - 3:15 PM
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Title:Three wonders of the Namib desert
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:10 Mar 2014 - 6:32 AM
Tags:Dune ants, Flowers & plants, Living stones, Long legged beetles, Namib desert, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7137 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 6:40 AM

Have you just re-uploaded these, Colleen, I'm sure I commented and voted a while back Smile Love the little pink flower, and I'm sure that those beetles run so fast because the hot sand is burning their feet Grin Carol

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 6:40 AM

Enjoyed the write-up, Colleen.
Some interesting pictures - I've seen the living stones on SA postage stamps but not in life.
You managed to find quite a bit of interest among the sand.

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 6:47 AM

Isn't it amazing how even in the most inhospitable of places life finds a way. A super series of shots Colleen.

Andy

Caziwinkles
10 Mar 2014 - 6:59 AM

Fascinating set and a very interesting write up Colleen. Smile

Carol

JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
10 Mar 2014 - 7:01 AM

Nature is amazing! John

bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 2bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:05 AM

Nice to learn about the Namib desert and its so interesting about how wildlife lives even in these conditions. Out of all the pictures I do like the Lithops best. Bob

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:21 AM

Some lovely images here my fav the beetle.Smile

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:22 AM

Very interesting write up Colleen, a great set of images, V1 great looking flowers, lovely colour, like the beetlesSmile


Cliff

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:25 AM

What beauties Colleen and,a fascinating write up. It's always good to read, v1 my favourite Grin
Patty Grin

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:27 AM

Five excellent images and a fascinating write up.

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:29 AM

GrinGrinGrinGrin Four votes for four photo`s! I dont know which is better, maybe the ant. The beetles are maybe technically the best, extremely difficult to photograph! Regards Martin.

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:35 AM

Isn't nature wonderful.
I have never seen such growth ever.
Thanks for sharing images and knowledge

Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 349 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 7:51 AM

Love V1 Colleen.

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 8:10 AM

Very informative Colleen, strange and beautiful world we live in and your array of images
just proves another point about how we and they survive, lovely set
Lillian

viscostatic
10 Mar 2014 - 8:51 AM

No need to apologise for such an interesting write-up Colleen. These are fascinating images. V5 clearly shows why people are restricted to certain areas. These plants are so difficult to see and would be easily trampled.

Phil.

digital_boi
10 Mar 2014 - 9:07 AM

fine captures and narrative Colleen

Graham

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 9:30 AM

Wonderful pictures to go with your interesting narrative Colleen.
Peter.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 10:27 AM

Wonderful set of images Colleen, I love the little pink flowers,

Ali GrinGrin

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64539 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 10:48 AM

Love the tiny beetle. SmileSmileSmile

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
10 Mar 2014 - 11:16 AM

Beautiful desert images ! --- V3 is very funny ,and i like it ,but V2 is my favourite though. Very beautifu red flowers in a green background!- Beautiful photography , Colleen! --- Jukka .

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 11:35 AM

What a fantastic natural adaptation for the Lithops!
A great series ( photos & text). I hope to continue!
Silviu

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
10 Mar 2014 - 11:35 AM

Terrific images and write up Colleen.. V1 is amazing..love it.

Lynette Grin

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 11:46 AM

A fine collection of close-ups - those Lithops certainly do look like stones Smile You must have good eyesight to spot these, Colleen! Wink A very informative write-up too Smile
Trev Smile

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 12:14 PM

amazing photos! greatwork an narrative too

lblythe
lblythe  1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 12:58 PM

Interesting stuff Colleen.
L

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 1:26 PM

This is a very interesting set of images and an interesting insight into how the dessert environment makes its way!
Excellent reportage!

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
10 Mar 2014 - 1:33 PM

Five lovely captures. I like V1 a beauty. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 1:59 PM

Great images and interesting write up Colleen.

Jenny Smile

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 2:03 PM

A lovely write up describing your pictures.I will be sorry when your Namib Desert photographs come to an end.I am particularly taken with the colours in V1&V2,though the details in the remainder are terrific.Well done Collen.
Martyn.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:23 PM

Didn't notice the length of the write up, Colleen, fascinating descriptions and images to match.

Dave

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:30 PM

Interesting shots Colleen,
and interesting write up too !!
Mick.

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:59 PM

a very interesting set well taken



billy

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44036 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 3:52 PM

Isn't nature wonderful - how its creatures adapt in order to survive and find the most amazing solutions.


Malc

Mike_Young
10 Mar 2014 - 4:21 PM

Another really interesting and very well captured series Colleen

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 4:47 PM

I have seen a documentary on V3 by David attenbarrough . A great set

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 5:32 PM

Beautiful detail, colour, and light. Wonderful writing up...

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 5:48 PM

A fine set and love the flowers
Ju

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 6:21 PM

Excellent Colleen, Points for spotting the subjects, more points for the super photography
and extra points for the very informative write up. A grand total of 10/10.
Very nice work indeed.

Dave.

capto
capto e2 Member 21236 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 6:53 PM

A smashing and informative set.Smile

ivor

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 6:56 PM

Stunning macro set, Colleen. Great narrative.

Fred

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Mar 2014 - 7:30 PM

So interesting

Peter

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 8:51 PM

An interesting and eclectic set of images and a fascinating narrative to accompany them.

Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 10:16 PM

Fantastic Colleen

Such variety in your photographs

Steve

marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 10:43 PM

Another fabulous set Colleen, beautifully rendered images all.

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 - 1:17 AM

Hi Colleen! Thank you for the write up, it explained a lot about the fascinating life in the desert... Wonderful shots:
V1/2 - Magical macro beauty on show... Love those tiny little flowers...
V3 - Superb beetles - amazing how they survice the desert. Natures adaptibility at best...
V4/5 - Good shots of those Living Stones, in Portugal we call them "Pigs Trotters" and they are rather interesting shapes! Grin
They grow in the south in the garden if you plant thembut they don't grow wild.
IB

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