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When we first came to live in Namibia I found it to be a very harsh and unforgiving land. Growing up in England where the landscapes are generally softly rounded and lushly green the contrast was marked. Our first home was in Damaraland, dry, hot and difficult to live in. These days the infrastructure has improved, goods reach the small shops fresh and one doesn’t have to live on canned vegetables or powdered milk! Driving through the land it appeared inhospitable and it was. The roads were little used and there was no cell phone coverage, we went nowhere without telling someone our route and eta. Our car always carried a large container of water and some food and other basic necessities. One aspect of the land enthralled me and it still does today. I was amazed at how tenacious the plant and animal life was. Walking in a surreal moonscape environment and looking carefully at the ground it was possible to see plants growing in seemingly impossible situations. A cleft in a rock would prove the ideal place for a spindly tree to grow, a few drops of water would see the Resurrection Bush burst into leaf, dusty, dry lichen would unfurl in the tiniest amount of moisture.

This shot was taken at Sossusvlei and I hope it goes some way to illustrate the wonder of the living desert.


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