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Namib desert

By ColleenA
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

Tags: Namibia Landscape and travel Namib desert

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debu 6 India
27 Feb 2014 6:01AM
Superb images.
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bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 6:12AM
Wouldn't like to be stranded out there Colleen good images
Rob
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
27 Feb 2014 6:13AM
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 4 480 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 6:21AM
Looks a fascinating place,
ColleenA Plus
4 317 3 Australia
27 Feb 2014 6:28AM

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 8 109 25 England
27 Feb 2014 6:38AM
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
Superb set of desert images, Colleen. V2 and 4 are my faves. Interesting narrative.

Fred
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
27 Feb 2014 7:00AM
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 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 7:20AM
Lovely images of a baron place.Smile
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 7:29AM
wonderful set colleen brilliant light and detail v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
andy
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 27 10 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 7:32AM
A great set of images of this remarkable place ColleenSmile


Cliff
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 Plus
2 4 3 South Africa
27 Feb 2014 7:45AM
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 Plus
4 317 3 Australia
27 Feb 2014 7:51AM

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 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 7:59AM
Effective set of images of this rather barren landscape which has its own intrinsic beauty.
Nigel
27 Feb 2014 7:59AM
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 Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 8:17AM
I love the vastness and tranquility of deserts and these images portray that perfectly.
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 8:38AM
It is definitely a deserted desert! Cracking shots Colleen - not as far out of your comfort zone as you think. Smile

Carol
27 Feb 2014 8:43AM
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
A truly vast place which looks very hot, great set of images.

Mary Grin
ColleenA Plus
4 317 3 Australia
27 Feb 2014 8:59AM

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
27 Feb 2014 9:01AM
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 Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 9:15AM
Wonderful pictures of this vast barren landscape, and yet life does exist. Look forward to more Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
27 Feb 2014 9:15AM
Baron but so interesting, a great set of images. - gary
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 9:38AM
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 10 16 1 England
27 Feb 2014 10:09AM
An unusual and interesting landscape to see.
I'd also love to be there at night, the stars must be wonderful.

B.
Mike_Young 9 12 9 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 10:41AM
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.
27 Feb 2014 10:57AM
V3 for me Colleen the huge rocks in the foreground look amazing, what a barren place this is. Good for photos though SmileSmile
27 Feb 2014 11:22AM
having lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years I know the stark beauty the desert can have I loved it

Graham
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 11:28AM
Beautiful images Colleen Grin

Ali
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
27 Feb 2014 12:01PM
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 2 1 Romania
27 Feb 2014 12:12PM
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 10 34 5 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 12:35PM
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.
27 Feb 2014 12:35PM
Wonderful shots, looks an interesting place
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 Plus
8 12 10 England
27 Feb 2014 1:16PM
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 Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
27 Feb 2014 1:42PM
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 Plus
5 33 97 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 3:00PM
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 Plus
11 46 12 United States
27 Feb 2014 3:12PM
This is truly a desert ! The landscapes tell much , well done you, enjoyed!
Mike_Smith Plus
9 290 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 3:13PM
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 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 3:37PM
Nice interesting setSmile

Eileen
27 Feb 2014 4:12PM
Great captures of this strange and unhospitable place at South Africa! Great writing very informative and great presentation, Colleen!
Regards,
George
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2014 4:24PM
You're really whetting my appetite Colleen! I love v4.. Smile
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
27 Feb 2014 5:02PM
V4 looks as if it could be a lunar landscape. What a place! You're very brave to go there. Smile
27 Feb 2014 5:09PM
Very dry and barren an excellent set Colleen..Lin
A beautiful vista. Shows the expansive desolation of this area.
27 Feb 2014 5:57PM
Interesting narrative and desert set, Colleen.

P.
27 Feb 2014 6:01PM
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 11 5 England
27 Feb 2014 6:32PM
great set of shots .
eve.Smile
netta1234 Plus
4 334 2 Wales
27 Feb 2014 7:20PM
A very interesting set of images ColleenSmile
NettaSmile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
27 Feb 2014 8:16PM
Lots of sand and emptiness

Peter
27 Feb 2014 8:19PM
The contrast between that lovely blue sky and the land is very appealing.
L
27 Feb 2014 8:39PM
Lovely set Colleen. That looks quite a climb! Cathy
fantastic



billy
28 Feb 2014 2:30AM
Great dof and nice narration. you are looking stunning in your new portfolio image.
carper123 Plus
4 914 8 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 6:15PM
Stunning set of images, Colleen, images v1 to v4 are brilliant, just luv the composition, colours and lighting.
Well done,
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile x
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 10:04PM
There is nothing wrong with these landscape images. You should stay out your comfort zone more!WinkGrin
Ryan
Another really fine set,especially V1,2,3,4.Nice to see you landscaping.
marktc 5 85 14 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 9:20PM
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 10 255 2 England
2 Mar 2014 12:55PM
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
Baeutifuly captured typical desert view !
annettep38 Plus
5 218 39 Costa Rica
10 Mar 2014 5:30AM
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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