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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 Plus Member 8185 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 Plus Member 373 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 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 Plus Member 7109 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England25 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.


10 Mar 2014 - 6:59 AM

Fascinating set and a very interesting write up Colleen. Smile


JohnoP  10
10 Mar 2014 - 7:01 AM

Nature is amazing! John

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

Some lovely images here my fav the beetle.Smile

Nikonuser1 Plus Member 3Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 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


pentaxpatty Plus Member 2pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 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 Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 7:27 AM

Five excellent images and a fascinating write up.

fotobee Plus Member 2fotobee vcard South Africa3 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 Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom11 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 Plus Member 455 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 7:51 AM

Love V1 Colleen.

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian 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

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.


10 Mar 2014 - 9:07 AM

fine captures and narrative Colleen


Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 9:30 AM

Wonderful pictures to go with your interesting narrative Colleen.

ali63 Plus Member 3697 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 Plus Member 75489 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 10:48 AM

Love the tiny beetle. SmileSmileSmile

kuvailija Plus 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  1 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!

Lynniesefforts Plus Member 4Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
10 Mar 2014 - 11:35 AM

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

Lynette Grin

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC 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 Plus Member 6273 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 12:14 PM

amazing photos! greatwork an narrative too

lblythe  2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 12:58 PM

Interesting stuff Colleen.

taggart Plus Member 1146 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!

10 Mar 2014 - 1:33 PM

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

Jenny-D Plus Member 5Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 1:59 PM

Great images and interesting write up Colleen.

Jenny Smile

brandish Plus Member 1brandish 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.

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51407 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 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.


mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:30 PM

Interesting shots Colleen,
and interesting write up too !!

williamsloan Plus Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:59 PM

a very interesting set well taken


saltireblue Site Moderator 55045 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway30 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.


Mike_Young Plus Member 9Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 4:21 PM

Another really interesting and very well captured series Colleen

prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha 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  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 5:32 PM

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

JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 5:48 PM

A fine set and love the flowers

mistere Plus Member 2mistere 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.


capto Plus Member 32825 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 6:53 PM

A smashing and informative set.Smile


Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 6:56 PM

Stunning macro set, Colleen. Great narrative.


jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Mar 2014 - 7:30 PM

So interesting


Glostopcat Plus Member 9254 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 Plus Member 9Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 - 10:16 PM

Fantastic Colleen

Such variety in your photographs


marktc Plus Member 485 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 10:43 PM

Another fabulous set Colleen, beautifully rendered images all.

Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga 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.

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