When I see the hard cracked clay of the dried out pans of the Namib, I think of the title of South African author Andre Brink’s book A Dry White Season and also of a poem written by Mongane Wally Serote, a black South African author writing (mostly from outside his country) during the apartheid years.
it is a dry white season
dark leaves don't last, their brief lives dry out
and with a broken heart they dive down gently headed for the earth,
not even bleeding.
it is a dry white season brother,
only the trees know the pain as they still stand erect
dry like steel, their branches dry like wire
indeed is it a dry white season
but seasons come to pass.
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snunney (88383) 2014-07-25 6:09
A superb capture of this beautiful arid landscape under a heavenly sky. I like very much the layering effect and more especially those wonderful saturated colours that go so well together. Excellent rendering of the textural detail in the cracked sand. Thanks for sharing.
Silvio1953 (128399) 2014-07-25 6:14
Ciao Rosemary, my today neighbour, fascxinating desert landscape, superb sky, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
emka (84169) 2014-07-25 6:19
Hello Rosemary, Only now I noticed that these are new photos, so you went to Sossusvlei again. Fascinating landscape. fantastic composition with thes white dry lake and and red dunes. Gorgeous colours.
It has been almost two years since I was there. It looks different now, water totally disappeared, almost nothing green.
I prepare my new trip in September, quite other extremity - I plan to see Russian taiga. Instead of hot desert - cold dense forests. But result is the same, it is difficult (or impossible) to live there. I went by iconic Ghan in Australia, now it is turn for transsiberian.
Warm regrads MAlgo
npecanhuk (69146) 2014-07-25 9:14
Another very beautiful picture of such a wonderful natural location!
I specially enjoy all those colors, shapes, management of light and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Noel_Byrne (26567) 2014-07-25 11:38
The beauty in Lonliness is very striking here, a scene with no people, and a seemingly barren landscape, but still the colors are so vivid and in such beautiful contrast to each other. Such incredible blues and earths.
I remember as part of English class in school we went to see that movie of the same name, an excellent film
Have a good weekend
photoray (13192) 2014-07-25 12:03
Attractive scene of the densely cracked lake bed, with the white contrasting with the red sand dunes behind, then the colorful blue sky - Nature's palette.
holmertz (43707) 2014-07-25 12:29
What a nice coincidence. In 1984 I met and interviewed Mongane Wally Serote, in Botswana as far as I remember (or could it have been Zimbabwe?). I don't remember if that story was ever published, and i don't remember much what he said 30 years ago. Still it's very nice to meet him again through your note. As for the photo it shows again the stunning scenery and strong colours of Namibia. Seeing this cracked mud and the vast dunes it's hard to imagine there actually is a lot of life found here for those who know how to look for it.
carlo62 (37258) 2014-07-25 14:35
ci sono tre grandi foto oggi, di tre grandi amici, il grande prato fiorito di Silvio, il tuo magnifico deserto e un tramonto sul mare spettacolare di Lisa. Tre elementi molto diversi tra loro, ognuno dettato dalla natura e per questo ancora più belli.
Bellissima la suddivisione dei colori della tua foto, eccellente qualità, un gran colpo.
jjcordier (78372) 2014-07-25 22:54
Une superbe photo de ce sublime endroit où les conditions de vie ne doivent quand même pas être faciles.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-25 23:35
A very attractive image from Namibia. I like your composition with the parched foreground leading towards the red sandhills and the deep blue sky.
I like the association with the poem but I suspect it has an extra level of meaning associated with the apartheid era and the expected passing of "the dry white season".
CLODO (31606) 2014-07-26 1:33
A superb demonstration of color photography: deep DOF for this stunning landscape mixing dried lake and the ochre sand dunes under a deep blue skypotted with some white clouds.
thank you Mrs the professor!
HimalAnda (10141) 2014-07-26 2:40
The sharpness is perfect, due to the very good depth of field management, and the colors are really beautiful, with a nice saturated sky.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-26 2:59
nature as the minimalist artist. A serenely simple landscape shot but one of intense colour, contrast and beauty. Composition, execution and presentation just perfect. Love it!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
ktanska (25505) 2014-07-26 4:06
Excellent wide angle shot showing the flat clay desert with huge dunes in the background. Cracks on the clay give a hint that some other time there is more water. And so do also those trees that look so small against that background.
Sergiom (65271) 2014-07-26 5:38
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Le point de vue très bas donne de la profondeur à l'ensemble et l'immense dune de sable au loin prend des formes superbes dans ce magnifique ciel bleu.
dekanski (3916) 2014-07-26 8:28
just see my previous comment!
Have a nice weekend!
COSTANTINO (58723) 2014-07-26 9:53
Hello my dear friend
the title here could be as following
the eternity fascinating desert
landscape with interesting details
I found the first line of your
useful notes very impressive
when I see the hard cracked clay
of the dried out pans of Namib
have a nice time
annjackman (20539) 2014-07-26 22:34
This could hardly be more simple in content and yet conveys that wonderful sense of wilderness and isolation. The cracked ground looks such a harsh environment and yet I know that some animals adapt and live there although I am not sure how much is seen in the dry season. I like the line of vegetation below the dunes showing that the land is not completely barren. Gorgeous colours and superb quality.
Kind Regards, Ann
Cricri (110295) 2014-07-27 9:06
Le POV bas permet de voir les détails de ce sol sec et aride, de la profondeur jusqu'au dunes formidables des dunes, leurs formes et leurs couleurs, un ciel qui s'ajoute a la beauté du paysage , merveilleuse image
jcpix (13726) 2014-07-27 10:55
From the smaller thumbnail image I thought it was strange you would have divided the picture in two with so much negative space...but a larger, and closer look reveals the beauty of what you've composed. Brilliant! The dry, cracked earth actually provides a nice lead-in perspective, and the colorful dunes and blue sky are about the best compliment of color you could ask for here. As the saying goes, "The devil is in the details" and this is a lovely example of the simplistic beauty that lies within. enjoy the new week ahead. Take good care.
corjan3 (2095) 2014-07-27 18:35
This is one of those moments when one does not want to get technical but I have to mention the fantastic DOF you show here. Sheer beauty. Fabulous. Fantastic! And by placing the edge of the pan just about along the centre of the image you very successfully break a "rule" of photography, which testifies to the greatness of the image. Well done once again! Best wishes.
rychem (26798) 2014-07-27 21:11
Three-colored landscape! An elegant photo with great clarity, excellent composition and fantastic graphical effect
romanaa (7966) 2014-07-28 12:53
I can recognize the dune from your previous post. It is amazing how small it looks from the distance. I love the colours and the patterns in the foreground.
jemaflor (88179) 2014-07-28 23:50
always a pleasure to see this fantastic landscape, good colors contrast and good frame with the ry ground in the Fg, tfs.
berek (42274) 2014-07-30 21:10
from africa very interesting picture of nature. I really like the color of the soil. The composition is simple but successful.
ChrisJ (102789) 2014-07-31 4:02
The thumbnail does not do this justice. Upon opening the big picture the wonderful texture of the cracked saltpan or mud becomes readily apparent. Marvellous warm cold colour contrasts between the red sand and blue sky with good sharpness and saturation. Tfs!
delpeoples (54463) 2014-07-31 23:21
Ciao cara Rosemary
Another crack-er. Literally. The textures of that harsh cracked earth are a visual feast, my eyes hVe just swallowed them up. And the rich orange dunes, and their shapes in the background finish this work off superbly, as does the very appropriate poem from the South African writer (of whom I'd not heard). So thanks. I think this would have worked on vertical too, with the main sand dune in the centre being framed and the large foreground of cracked earth adding depth. I'll do a Workshop to see, but the moment I saw this, I immediately thought of vertical framing.
A stunning photo, one of the most interesting I've seen in ages. Also what's amazing is the stark similarity of your homeland to the desert of mine.
mayjayne (4267) 2015-05-24 9:26
I like the way you have used the DOF to emphasise on the cracked clay in the foreground, in contrast to the smooth sand dunes in the background. Excellent shot !