The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert in Namibia are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Located in the Namib Naukluft Park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world, the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are amazing formations.
The second attraction of the area after the Dead Vlei dune is the Sesriem Canyon, which is only a few kilometres from the campsite, the entrance gate, and main Nature Conservation office. The canyon derives its name from the fact that early Afrikaner trekkers had to use six ('ses') leather thongs (a thong is a 'riem') so that their buckets could reach the water far below. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment.
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jimmj63 (2313) 2011-07-06 23:58
very wild and amazing place and good shot,
Wanda1 (15058) 2011-07-07 6:51
I remember these seemingly never ending winding roads, and it is a beautiful setting here with the golden grass and hills in the distance. Panoramic type format works well in this situation.
InasiaJones (31562) 2011-07-08 6:34
I'm surprised to see the lack of reaction on this nice landscape image, as it is well composed and atmospheric with the foggy mountains.
Maybe it's slightly blurred, but the work behind it is good. The yellow colour of the grass is an attractive element that brings a lot of appeal. The curvy road, anchored in the lower left corner is another important detail, showing the care you brought to this composition.