Namibia is in the middle of the annual rainy season but so far this year the rain has been sporadic. In this shot, from my archives, you can see that the rains were unusually good; Sossusvlei isn’t seen like this very often! The river flows along what is normally the road into the dunes. Fabulous to see but requiring a long hike to the vlei itself which entailed wading through water and much huffing and puffing!
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ktanska (24454) 2014-01-23 22:57
This is really something different! I can imagine such sand dunes sucking moisture so quickly that such event can't possibly last very long.
Lovely mixture of colours too, from blue sky, reddish sand and fresh green trees.
emka (75335) 2014-01-23 23:01
River in Sossusvlei, it is really amazing. But in fact, when we were there, there was a quite big pools and I was surprised to see many flowers and green. How I like these red sands! Excellent composition. nice memories for me too.
Warm regrads Malgo
HimalAnda (8935) 2014-01-23 23:10
Congratulations for this beautiful (and colorful) picture.
I like the colors, of course, especially the red sand color, but also the sky. And this river is quite amazing in such a desertic landscape.
jemaflor (82268) 2014-01-23 23:47
A very beautiful landscape with this color for the ground, interesting with the water, good depth effet with the FG.
krzychu30 (15354) 2014-01-23 23:51
the red sand looks magnificent and I love the way it contrasts to the blue sky and greenery around.It makes the composition really expressive and so beautiful!
Excellently composed and executed shot!
Have a nice day
papagolf21 (84146) 2014-01-23 23:54
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Paysage d'une beauté particulière avec ce décor aux couleurs étonnantes.
La joliesse d'ensemble est magnifiquement mise en image.
Félicitations une fois de plus.
dkmurphys (47798) 2014-01-24 0:19
Lovely colors of this place. I like this image, almost unreal.
Enjoy a fine weekend.
fds (7510) 2014-01-24 0:25
Dear friend great pitture with fantastic location and great red colors i Licke very much this Warm colors and very originaly landscape
Royaldevon (27781) 2014-01-24 1:08
A lovely composition where the water leads from the f/g to a strong vanishing point. The soft ripples on the water's surface seem to be emulated in the surface of the sand.
Having said all this, to be honest, it is the colours that hit most dramatically. As you know, coming from a very green country, this is just out of my experience!!
Have a lovely w/e,
subhendu_bagchi (25420) 2014-01-24 1:20
what a view. The land with red soil made your composition just beautiful. The river flows through it is looking superb with the trees beside the river bed. Great sky at top to accompany this pleasant view. Nicely framed. Superb shot. Tfs.
lousat (74107) 2014-01-24 2:02
Hi Rosemary,i can read your signature into this pic..ehehe...magnificent landscape with a great contrast between the colors of ground and sky,very bright capture with perfect exposure and detail too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
yquem46 (38382) 2014-01-24 2:23
An excellent illustration of RGB palette !
Beautiful scenery well in the line of how I imagine this part of Namibia
best regards, have a nice WE
snunney (80883) 2014-01-24 2:46
Huffing and puffing sounds a bit energetic to me:-) But, it was certainly worth it to capture this magnificent view. The rich red tones of the sand dunes are superb and contrast beautifully with that lovely sky. I like the point of view and the way the river enters the frame on the bottom right and continues to the vanishing point. The green trees look a bit eerie against what could otherwise stand in for a Martian landscape.
trevormoffiet (2914) 2014-01-24 3:09
This is a striking image for composition, colours and contrast. Well worth the trek to get there and document this place.
daddo (23242) 2014-01-24 4:14
Hi Rosemary. Fascinating juxtaposition of the sands and the life giving water- a most unusual "dance." Dramatic colours and unexpected scenery. best wishes. Klaudio.
timecapturer (46655) 2014-01-24 4:42
a topical title and image for us here in the south of England. Although my river does not looks as amazing from a colour perspective as this one does. The mix of colours is just stunning and the effect other worldly and beautiful. Glorious image - I love it!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
adidas5nb (4690) 2014-01-24 5:03
this one is just awesome.love the nature here with all its shades and colors and contrasts.great pov and love the color saturation.
Sergiom (56819) 2014-01-24 5:43
Très beau paysage. Les couleurs sont joliment saturées. J'aime le rouge de la terre en contraste avec le bleu du ciel. Le vert ressort aussi très bien.
marina7 (8051) 2014-01-24 9:56
I'm fascinated by that red soil or sand lending its color to the river. A very unusual color, at least for me. It makes a stunning contrast with the blue sky and the trees, everything's so saturated, warm and alive...just what I like. Lovely image.
Thanks and best wishes!
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-24 10:03
Yes, it is indeed fabulous. The red sand creates a wonderful contrast with the greens and the sky. The river is placed nicely in the frame. The long hike paid rich dividend... and we are lucky to see a marvelous landscape. Thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-01-24 12:17
sono costretto a ripetermi però devo sempre ammettere che il fascino della Namibia e le tue fotografie formano un insieme particolarmente ricco di attrattive.
Anche in questa alla bellezza del paesaggio si unisce una composizione particolarmente interessante ed i colori che questa bella regione offre.
Ciao e buona serata
dekanski (2760) 2014-01-24 12:42
after all these comments I have nothing to add! Just to point out the wonderful contrast of three colors: blue sky, green tree tops and reddish sand!
carlo62 (29651) 2014-01-24 14:02
tu ami molto questo paese, si vede dalle foto che ci presenti, sei molto brava e riesci ad ottenere sempre ottimi risultati, ma quando si tratta della Namibia, tiri fuori tutto il meglio.
Una foto composta benissimo e un paesaggio incredibilmente bello, interpretato al meglio dal tuo estro.
kwekwekan (1022) 2014-01-24 15:36
You have some great landscapes from Namibia in your gallery and this one is no exception! The muddy river adds a great fourth colour to the red/green/blue combo and the texture of the wind-swept sand - especially visible in the larger version - is very well captured with just the right amount of sharpness.
Have a great weekend,
npecanhuk (62718) 2014-01-24 15:41
Interesting and attractive place!
Very beautiful and inviting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
PaulVDV (21245) 2014-01-24 16:29
A wonderful composition. I really like that gentle slope of the red dune in the foreground.
Splendid colour contrasts.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (74650) 2014-01-24 22:39
De nouveau une belle réussite dans cette photo de paysage. La terre rouge et les eaux jaunies contrastent de façon incroyable avec le bleu du ciel.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-25 0:44
a beautiful photo of this place with spectacular composition and splendid colours, great impression,
macjake (54240) 2014-01-25 3:44
you know...sometimes when I view these landscape photos from Namibia I feel as if we're almost looking at a different planet!
Are you sure this is planet earth? :)
I really like the sweeping curves, the way the scene forms itself...almost as if a large snake is winding its way across my computer screen.
wickedly odd colors with all that orange.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-25 7:08
I have never seen such coloured soil on earth. What a view. The river seems so strange and out of place in this barren and parched land. The contrast between the sky and the land is eye-catching. Very nice photo, thanks for sharing.
Cricri (103343) 2014-01-25 11:53
Quelle beauté ce paysage aux couleurs magique, la profondeur de la rivière, un ciel qui s'ajoute a la beauté du paysage, il me plait beaucoup ton pays Rosemary
COSTANTINO (53013) 2014-01-26 1:26
impressive shot with impressive colors
shot divorsed into three parties
the brown foreground the river and
the amazing blue sky
the green trees add color and freshn ess
the river is quite amazing in such a desert
have a nice Sunday
CLODO (29804) 2014-01-26 6:13
I am surprised by the orange hues of the shot meaning that it's muddy as the river snakes between the green trees.
Big rain also on the south west of France
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2014-01-26 7:34
To jump from your post from Kerry to this just emphasizes the differences around the world, this is an amazing sight! I think Ive said before how beautiful I find this red sand, and especially with the fine blue sky to contrast it. The river cuts the image perfectly and creates a very surreal and amazing landscape. I love that we can see so many shapes in the sand dunes too.
cornejo (29487) 2014-01-26 11:01
Hi Rosemary, very good picture of this beautiful landscape, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Nicou (118372) 2014-01-27 2:11
Fantastique vue ce sable ocre quei fait un très beau dessin les arbres vert qui se contrastent quelle iamge et compo quelle vue et la rivière qui serpente sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
adramad (36425) 2014-01-27 11:23
Superb composition and a stunning contrast to the colorful landscape, the red beauty of this land, with patches of blue sky and clouds of the most pictorial, trees add beauty and the course of the river, gives a great perspective to the image.
Very good management of both the brightness and the sharpness.
The color is great, very well balanced.
Very good job. I love
I wish you a happy week.
Best wishes ..
ikeharel (54397) 2014-02-17 8:00
Just wrote to Jason that desert is an earth formation - not a weather pattern, and it seems to me the same text apply to this wonderful photo, Rosemary.
Beautiful red/brown soil, so known from Namibia, and the river full with erossion in its light-brown tone, superb in contrast.
Well taken shot, clarity and outlines immaculately collected.
adores (35196) 2014-02-18 15:19
Water must be so necessary there! Beautiful landscape, the colour of the earth is perfect. Good shot with a very good pov! I also like the rain season, I got some rain in Senegal and I didn't mind at all:)!