Sossusvlei is about 66 km past the Sesriem gate. The last 6 km can only be traversed with 4WD vehicles as the concrete road ends and sand begins. Sossusvlei is a clay pan, of roughly elliptical shape, covered in a crust of salt-rich sand. While the pan has been shaped over time by the Tsauchab river, the actual flooding of the pan is a relatively rare event, and sometimes several years pass between one flood and the next one. The river is dry most of the year, and even when it is not, it carries relatively little water to the vlei. The vlei is surrounded by high orange-reddish dunes, partially covered by a vegetation comprising grass, bushes, and some tree (mostly of species Acacia erioloba). (Wikipedia)
Usually the pan is dry but we were lucky to see it still with some water (and the rain was in April, as we can read in Rosemary posts). So after classic view of the famous tree, something less known.
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lousat (67159) 2012-12-16 1:44
Hi Malgo,a beautiful place whit this unusual mix of sand and green,i like the couple inside to give us the exact dimensions of the hills,very nice reflections,bright and warm colors and excellent details too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
snunney (75104) 2012-12-16 1:56
A composition with a touch of the surreal to it, relieved by the presence of the two men. Well framed. I particularly like the softy lit reflections in the river.
Royaldevon (23412) 2012-12-16 1:57
This shot attracted me immediately for its most unusual colours. Reading your notes tells me how lucky you were to be able to record this event of a reflection.
Your shot is well composed, the figures strongly positioned and walking into the shot, whilst the hilside creates a fine diagonal towards the water.
Have a lovely Sunday,
saxo042 (35202) 2012-12-16 2:16
My first impression here was the the sky was the background, but of course this is sand... A very fine capture with good reflections in the water. The included persons add interest and a size reference to the scene.
marabu61 (6303) 2012-12-16 2:37
Lovely desert landscape with a gorgeous light. Perfect framing with the two lonely people strolling along the water edge, it gives a good sense of scale of the place.
Ever since I have visited the Wadi Rum in Jordan, I have definitively fallen in love with desert landscapes.
have a good sunday
Sergiom (49008) 2012-12-16 5:40
J'aime beaucoup ces réflexions sur l'eau brune de la rivière. Les personnages sont parfaitement placés dans l'image et les couleurs sont surprenantes.
elenimavrandoni (11105) 2012-12-16 12:49
Hello Malgo, what is amazing is the combination of the colors and shades matching also the reflection!Interesting note and beautiful natural picture!
dkmurphys (44090) 2012-12-16 13:05
Very attractive image. Most of all, I like the missing sky. Well taken, interesting POV.
bukitgolfb301 (33532) 2012-12-16 16:38
Hi dear Malgo
That seems to be another world for me.
Very mysterious color and lanscape, specialy amazing color, same color of the sky, the land and others.
I envy you very much. Thanks a lot and have a good week!
Takero from Tokyo
fabbs99 (13515) 2012-12-16 20:07
Very colorful and nice shot.Very well done.TFS.Keep sharing.
Nicou (109742) 2012-12-16 20:43
Quel reflet sur le plan d'eau une mervielle fantastique vue et iamge avec ces tons la dune en fond et ces personnage sueprbe iamge.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (69609) 2012-12-16 23:06
Le reflet dans cette étendue d'eau (que l'on ne s'attend pas à voir ici!)donne toute son originalité à cette photo.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-12-17 9:32
I love the color of the photo, and in particular the gold surface of the water. The composition is spectacular. The landscape is beautiful and interesting. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
Romano46 (14520) 2013-01-25 12:35
che scatto meraviglioso!. Il verde che lotta contro il deserto incombente a ridosso dell'acqua è una visione che aiuta a capire questo paese ricco di contrasti.
Uno scatto ricco di colori contrastanti e nel quale la figura umana aiuta a capire le dimensione del contrasto naturale.
Ciao e buon fine settimana.
PS mi fa molto piacere sapere che in febbraio verraio a visitare la mia città: Spero che ti piaccia.