Namibia does not enjoy a spring season like many parts of the world. Our climate is too harsh for delicate spring flowers but when the Namib’s unpredictable floral beauty reveals itself, just after a good rainfall, there is not a plant which is quicker to flower or more striking than devil's thorn with its yellow flowers. Open patches, especially in dune valleys, are then taken over by dense, creeping runners that add centimetres to their length each day. Thousands of bright yellow flowers of varying sizes quickly catch one's eye, because wet sand is a luxary which must be utilised immediately for successful reproduction. Tribulus terrestris and T. zeyheri with their smaller and larger flowers respectively, contribute in varying degrees to the sea of flowers
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corjan3 (2109) 2011-04-03 9:06
Rosemary, this must stop NOW or nostalgia will get the better of me. In Namibian perspective Naukluft ("Narrow Cliff/Gorge") is just up the road from Sesriem. What a FABULOUS, FABULOUS image!!! I will not even begin to analyse this picture. Will just sit back and enjoy. How beautiful!!!
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-04-03 9:35
Beautiful place and a beautiful picture..
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2011-04-03 10:30
beautiful yellow flowers. they contrast very well with the red ground.
i like also the landscape in bg with the clouds hanging on the mountains.
williewhistler (16394) 2011-04-03 13:02
Hello Rosemary,your low view point and small aperture has given great depth to this spectacular scene.
There are some really nice details and colours,super shot.
Best wishes Les.
tyro (24586) 2011-04-03 13:42
Despite your note telling us of "desert thorn", these foreground plants do not look to me to be too spiky or threatening: the leaves look rather fern-like.
Anyway, your picture has a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours from deep orange-red in the foreground, through verdant greens and yellows, to the wonderful greens, browns and purple of the mountains, all topped off by a glorious sky with all imaginable shades and depths of blue.
The use of a tiny aperture (f/29 - that must be as far as your lens will stop down) has given you incredible depth of field and the whole picture is sharp as a pin throughout.
A wonderful photograph and an interesting note to accompany it!
P.S. Although I see no sign of any problem here at all, it is said that stopping a lens down very far to apertures such as f/29 or f/32 can cause diffraction artefacts and some loss of sharpness - often the best sharpness is apparently at the "mid-point" of apertures - about f/8 or f/11. I'd be interested to hear if you have ever noticed this effect?
Charo (51212) 2011-04-03 14:15
I love this landscape, a wild and natural beauty.
The colors are gorgeous and a great contrast.
Excellent perspective and sharpness.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-04-04 5:00
Hi Rosemary. What can one say. In a word: beautiful. I like the depth of the landscape and the wonderful color. The yellow desert flowers are the real eye-catcher. Rgds, Wolfgang.
ines8 (6112) 2011-04-04 14:15
I love this picture, what a splendor!
Words are too poor to describe my emotion...
lousat (90604) 2011-04-05 0:41
Hi Rosemary,this isn't a pic,this is a peinture! How is great your choice of POV ,how is perfect the perspective and the composition,and how is fantastic your work in PP.My greats compliments,a great pleause for the eyes from Namibia,i wish to be there..eehee..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
leo61 (0) 2011-04-05 12:09
A nice foreground for this good landscape shot.Excellent POV and great depth.Love the rich colors and the white clouds covering these peaks.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-04-06 23:04
La profondeur de champ est ici exceptionnelle et permet de mettre en valeur aussi bien ces fleurs du premier plan que le beau paysage de montagne dans le fond.
Un régal !
stevesaba (8163) 2011-04-12 4:41
A perfectly executed landscape, with its beautiful light, gorgeous clouds, and such long reaching depth of field. We feel we are right there enjoying the flowers and then the wonderful view. Spot on clarity throughout. Fine work, warm regards,
Lisas_world (1232) 2011-05-15 4:41
Rosemary, This is a fabulous shot. The flowers, of course are gorgeous, but the detail and clarity in the mountains is stunning; your colors are rich and excellent.
I like how that cloud seems to have stopped for a rest and is taking in the view from a different angle than you.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31629)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-02-05
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/29.0, 1/100 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Namibian Landscape [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-04-03 8:52
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