A shot taken from the lower slopes of ‘Big Daddy’ dune in Sossusvlei.
Among the towering red dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park in the central Namib Desert is an area known as Sossusvlei. It is a strange and alien landscape. The rich red dunes that surround the area owe their hue to age -- over the thousands of years, the sand has literally rusted.
Sossusvlei is a wide, flat, salt-covered expanse with a dense and compact layer of clay in the subsoil. When dry, Sossusvlei is hard and arid, and when wet, as it gets every 5-10 years when fed by the Tsauchab River, it becomes sticky and plastic. The area is the river's final destination. Even in the wettest of years, the water soaks into the salt/clay pan, giving the area its nickname: "place of no return." Altogether the blue sky, red dunes, and white pans make a striking vision
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COSTANTINO (65742) 2014-08-01 3:04
Hello dear friend
fantastic unique capture only in your gallery
I really love those towering red dunes in the
central Namib Desert
thanks for sharing this wonderful landscape
with us have a nice weekedn
snunney (99968) 2014-08-01 3:05
An elegantly composed image that makes excellent use of these three areas of contrasting tone. Beautifully illuminated and with superb saturated colours. Clarity is beyond reproach. A fascinating landscape from an altogether different world to where I live. Thanks for sharing.
emka (98664) 2014-08-01 3:12
hello Rosemary, The colours of Sossusvlei are really marvelous. Spectacular presentation. I see tiny two points on the white area, probably the people.
Warm regrads MAlgo
rbassin (23043) 2014-08-01 3:30
Une très belle composition,simple et avec des couleurs et des courbes agréable.
dekanski (5433) 2014-08-01 3:33
I am now able to recognize your photos, even when I see the thumbnail
Royaldevon (39338) 2014-08-01 3:41
There was an interesting snippet about Namibia in the 'Eight Wonders of the Commonwealth Games'. I immediately thought of you. And, yes, these dunes were filmed, with colours that matched what you have posted, today.
The top of the dune is most interesting with its sharp edge and its change of tone, signifying the effects of light and shade. There is a lovely hint of ripples in the f/g, maybe suggesting a wind direction.
The whole has a great sense of depth.
My warm regards,
tyro (25282) 2014-08-01 3:50
Another sriking photograph from you of these magnificent dunes showing, once again, the fabulous contrast between two complementary colours - orange and blue - as the sharp top edge of "Big Daddy" comes against the backdrop of that magnificent sky.
A very fine and imposing composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, especially when viewed at its "proper" size on "beta" TE.
I presume that there must be a huge iron content in the sand of these dunes to give them this wonderful orange colour - and I also presume that much of the soil in Namibia must have a high iron content too - does that ochre with which the women cover their bodies also owe a lot of its colour to iron?
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-01 5:23
a place I would just love to photograph, it is so amazing and beautiful. This shot does it full justice being an elegant and enticing curve that sweeps us irresistibly into the blue. Awesome!
Have a good weekend - B.
Sorry to hear you have been a victim of the old scoobie-doo! Thanks for your recent comments too! B.
Sergiom (80608) 2014-08-01 6:06
J'aime beaucoup la diagonale que forme cette dune dans l'image. La couleur est vraiment très belle surtout en contraste avec le bleu polarisé du ciel.
ikeharel (72109) 2014-08-01 6:46
Stunning colors of the dune, and great contrast to blue sky aloft, Rosemary.
Used 2/3 pic. space by the book and the slop show a vast desert landscape beyond.
Wonderful earth, nature scene collected.
Nicou (143028) 2014-08-01 7:39
grandiose compo quelle vue sur cette dune superbe quel raye de sable et ces couleur fantastique compo.
Bravo et amitié
jemaflor (97969) 2014-08-01 8:52
Great landscape and good idea with this original composition, perfect brightness, tfs.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-01 11:16
the saturated colours combined with an imaginative composition make this such an attractive photograph with good use being made of the vertical corners.
Nice to have you back..
Warm regards Les.
Noel_Byrne (31414) 2014-08-01 11:45
Beauty in a surreal form, these colors are just staggering. As Malgo says, the shadows are really beautiful too. Love how you composed the crest of the dune on thirds like this, we get to see up clo detail of big daddy, but also a wide expansive view of the landscape beyond.
Thanks as always
carlo62 (49127) 2014-08-01 15:42
molto bella la diagonale creata con la duna, il suo colore è perfetto insieme a quello del cielo.
Lo spazio di destra ci offre un bel panorama e ci fa capire l'ambiente intorno alla duna.
Non riesco a capire bene le proporzioni, ma credo sia gigantesca.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-01 22:49
Ces dunes géantes très colorées donnent toujours d'aussi belles photos.
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-01 23:55
The intensive orange colors of the sand made the scene so unique and attractive. Excellent image taken with fantastic color and light management to achieve a spectacular visual effect. Congrats!
Have a nice weekend!
delpeoples (58276) 2014-08-02 9:18
Ciao dear Rosemary
You could come back to this place 100 times and still get something different. Those sand textures and brilliant orange and blue tones are just wonderful. The textures of the sand are so compelling and I love the sharp lines of the part of the sand dune on the left, aswell as those wonderful ripples in the left foreground corner. The landscape on the right looks like something straight off Mars or the moon.
You handled the light superbly. I am well aware of the light challenges and metering difficulties, so appreciate this immaculate photo all the more.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-08-03 9:47
oh what colors, this is what an inviting landscape is. indeed, i feel like growing tired of seeing museums and large temples over and over again, and i feel the need for "touch of nature" on my soul...
sooo... white spots? walking people? 4x4s? i claim to be owning sharp eyes, but you people should have eyes like microscobes!!!
macjake (68420) 2014-08-04 13:18
interesting to hear what happens to this area once it gets wet!
I also wonder how locals feel about these iconic Namibian sand landscapes...people like me in Canada are WOW'd by these, but are locals bored by them?
Its sort of how locals here in Western Canada don't even think twice about the mountains and ocean, its such an every-day-thing.
as for the photo its beautiful, striking, and impactual. how could it not, it catches my attention right away.
the colors strike me the most as does the curve and sweeping motion. lovely!!
enjoy your day
adramad (45988) 2014-08-05 8:01
Fabulous composition, with this awesome dune in the foreground, captivates its color, as the sharp edges of the border, and the fingerprint is so clean, the view from the bottom to the right gives a good perspective.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I like it
Enjoy a nice day.
annjackman (21899) 2014-08-07 10:18
Another classic dune shot from you that has that wonderful richness in colour and clarity of view.
Kind Regards, Ann
Cricri (120119) 2014-08-08 9:54
Merveilleux ondulation des dunes, et un contraste magnifique avec le bleu du ciel, j'aime "votre" désert
adores (45595) 2014-08-08 16:27
The colour of this sand is just fabulous. I also like this one, it shows the beauty of the place, the traces left by the wind... A good pov and fantastic colours!
ifege (10493) 2014-08-09 8:12
Another of your classic sand dune photos.
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-09-19 14:04
Great framing on the dune against blue sky. Good depth and beautiful colors. I like it!
Have a nice week-end.