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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yquem46 (38538) 2013-12-02 1:39
Absolutely splendid !
Gorgeous orange/blue contrast, huge DOF, a few clouds and just enough of greenery
Not only a great shot but aldo a report on vegetal life in the desert
ifege (10223) 2013-12-02 1:39
Hi Rosemary, neighbours tonight, a superb photo of the desert sands. Maybe the detail of the grain has been brought out too much but it doesn't take away from the overall effect.
tyro (19780) 2013-12-02 2:00
Good morning Rosemary,
Yes, indeed it does go a very, very "long way to illustrate the wonder of the living desert"!
A fabulous picture which owes much of its impact to its very simple, straightforward and also graphic composition - no frills here at all - just a glorious view of the desert sand and the sky as one might at very first perceive it.
The juxtaposition of two complementary colours (orange and blue in this case) in a simple composition is always a recipe for a striking image and this one is no exception. And the whole simple scene is set off perfectly by the three tiny fresh green plants, each perfectly placed within the frame.
Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure amd exquisite depth of field and sharpness.
P.S. This one just has to be added to my favourites!
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-02 2:03
Fine contrast between sky and sand. Simple yet so beautiful. I like the way the furrows are in focus long way into the distance. Thanks for sharing a good shot.
trevormoffiet (3072) 2013-12-02 2:07
This is a fantastic, eye-catching image. The simplicity of the colour palette and simplicity of the composition is immediately attractive. Your contrast setting is perfect for bringing out the ridges in the sand. Well-captured and presented.
dta (65010) 2013-12-02 2:11
Hello Rosemary ,
A striking composition , both for the contrast between the orange sand and the blue sky , and the incredible presence of the three tiny green plants on the dunes .
The graphism of the lines is superb , too .
timecapturer (47518) 2013-12-02 2:48
Oh! what I would give to have the opportunity to create images like this. Nature as the artist and you capturing it just perfectly. It is so simple in concept but HUGE on beauty and artistry. Stunning!
Have a great week - B.
snunney (81885) 2013-12-02 3:44
A splendid minimalist composition. Superb light and saturated colours. I like very much the wavy patterns which have a sort of hypnotic effect. The little green shoots poking through are a great bonus.
dekanski (2900) 2013-12-02 4:06
really great - color, composition, motif, moment, light!!
Romano46 (16720) 2013-12-02 4:08
hai superato te stessa!
Una foto degna di una pubblicazione su National Geographic Magazine tanto notevole è il suo impatto visivo e la bellezza dei colori e dei dettagli.
Non ci sono parole per fare un commento adeguato: la foto parla da sola con i suoi piccoli dettagli ed i suoi colori.
Per averla sempre presente la aggiungerò alle mie preferite.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
Sergiom (57851) 2013-12-02 4:10
C'est a se demander comment quelque chose peut pousser dans tout ce sable. Le point de vue très bas augment l'impression d'ampleur de la bute de sable qui semble monter jusqu’au ciel qui est superbe.
CLODO (29914) 2013-12-02 4:20
really eye catching from the thumbnail!
Gorgeous opposite colors, a low POV to enhance the lines on the orange sand and the tiny plants, far away from England's landscapes!
delpeoples (52931) 2013-12-02 5:40
Oh yeah I can imagine what a culture shock it was first coming to this unforgiving, wild and beautiful land - especially from somewhere like Britain! Wow, you must have been thrown for a six. And your photo really illustrates that stark harshness and uncompromising beauty of the landscape. I love the rich colours and of course those magical textures that guide the eye further into the image. A minimalistic, beautifully composed and realised shot. Congratulations.
serp2000 (39250) 2013-12-02 5:46
The colors are superb... No words. I just love this simple minimalist composition and perfect DoF. My congratulations!
All the best wishes from cold snowy Russia!
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-02 6:20
Are you the creator of the Windows XP background ? Hey it's you indeed !!
Professionnal quality shot really with the excellent presence of life in this mineral world
dkmurphys (48088) 2013-12-02 7:21
Lovely scene, an homage to life. Nature is amazing.
Well taken, enjoy a good week.
rychem (21719) 2013-12-02 8:32
Superb! Excellent photo, an unreal world, I like the rippled sand and small plants, fantastic colors
holmertz (39569) 2013-12-02 8:42
This is a marvellous photo, extremely fascinating and well taken. Among the most interesting documentaries I saw on TV long ago were some movies about the life in the Namibian deserts, and this photo reminds me of those movies, although in colour this time. It is aesthetically wonderful with the strong colours and the three tiny plants growing in the rippled sand, and it's the kind of picture that really makes one gasp at the marvels of he world.
chrislo (4151) 2013-12-02 8:46
So minimalistic but ô so masterful and so unique at the same time ! The desert dune you've captured seems so untouched and perfect. I really like the textured sand in the foreground and its vibrant colour contrasting so well with the smooth blue sky. The light was excellent to reveal the patterns of the sand which create a nice graphical effect. Your picture shows how wonderful life is and grows even in the most inhospitable places on Earth. Very well captured.
Noel_Byrne (22793) 2013-12-02 8:53
Such an apt title, and such a great note too. I can only imagine the difference to experience going from the greens of England to the sands of Namibia, in fact I think one of the reasons I love scenes from Namibia so much is that to my green Irish eyes, they are almost alien in their appearance, such is the stark contrast of landscape. But in saying that, the life here is different, the life of the dunes. I remember the first time I seen a speeded up recording of desert dunes over time, and was amazing to see them moving like water, constantly changing and evolving, appearing and disappearing. This captures that well with the shapes and lines of the sand blown by wind, and the couple of small plants and of course, those colors are just spectacular.
Thanks as always
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-02 9:29
The lines created a unique graphical design and they lead to a blue sky - beautiful contrast.
And those monotonous lines are disturbed by the cute pieces of vegetation... another subtle contrast.
Element of art is predominant throughout the whole frame.
Bright colors and great minimal composition.
Thanks for such an optimistic image.
With best regards,
Cricri (104511) 2013-12-02 9:56
Tout simplement splendide , une merveille de la nature aux couleurs extraordinaire, magnifique paysage du désert
seb1lopez (187) 2013-12-02 10:03
wow..this piece of life in this great desert is perfect!!!
Zengi001 (2511) 2013-12-02 10:06
Great texture of the sand dune, good colors and charity,
A successful composition overall.
cornejo (30115) 2013-12-02 10:45
Hi Rosemary, Great picture of this wonderful composition. I love this beautiful picture perfectly composed and captured with good sharpness, beautiful light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (21661) 2013-12-02 11:58
Indeed, the wonder of life!
Amazing how these delicate green plants come to life in the big red sand desert.
Wonderful strong colour contrasts.
Best regards, Paul
HimalAnda (9127) 2013-12-02 12:00
The saturated colors are beautiful, and the perfect sharpness allows us to see many details on the sand.
pichtier (462) 2013-12-02 12:58
You did a very good picture! I really like the colors and the overall contrast/saturation. The composition is excellent with the sand lines and small green vegetation that attract the eyes.
Maybe the sky could have been a little bit smaller on the picture to give more space to the sand, but this more a personal taste I think.
Congrats for this shot !
carlo62 (30625) 2013-12-02 13:20
Queste sono le foto in cui riconosco Rosemary.
Uno scatto fantastico, le linee create dalla sabbia creano una splendida prospettiva, inutile dire quanto sia bello il contrasto tra il colore della duna e il cielo e, tocco da maestro, le tre piccole piante che interrompono la monotonia e che ci danno un segnale forte, la vita c'è anche quando non sembra.
ChrisJ (95900) 2013-12-02 13:54
Good evening Rosemary
A splendid warm vs cold colour contrast between the orange red sand and the deep blue sky with excellent sharpness and rich saturation. I like the low shooting angle and superb textural and tonal details in the rippled sand. Tfs!
jjcordier (75190) 2013-12-02 22:10
Magnifique photo aux couleurs superbes. Dans ce monde assez hostile, il est surprenant de voir ces petites pousses de végétation qui arrivent à s'accrocher ici.
adidas5nb (4973) 2013-12-02 22:14
i just kept staring at this 1... F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !
jemaflor (83046) 2013-12-02 23:07
Lovely view, so beautriful colors and contrast with these details, I like the perpective given by these lines on the dune.
Rafer (15141) 2013-12-03 11:19
agnific and delicated shot... i like it ¡¡¡¡ Greetings Rose
macjake (54940) 2013-12-03 16:03
talk about your color splashes!
but ironically enough i think what makes the photo so dynamic and so interesting are the long lines!
imagine how this photo would look if it were just flat, makes a strong strong impact.
love this one Rosemary!
ourania (29445) 2013-12-05 11:15
the impact of your picture and its title is very strong and much appreciated. A most attractive and eloquent image consisting of a few irresistible, contrasting colours, a group of perspectives that make a striking effect, the touching presence of the tenacious desert plants and the unstoppable movement of the clouds. The depth and the textures are as captivating as the colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
subhendu_bagchi (25513) 2013-12-07 0:22
wow, a terrific composition here. Simple and effective. The colour contrast has a hypnotic power. Like the presence of green in such barren land which added life to it. Like also the graphism created by the lines on earth. Superb composition. Enjoyed it. Tfs.
COSTANTINO (53757) 2013-12-08 0:10
superb photo with a dynam ic contrast
between brown and deep blue
it is a great inspiration with no limit
first shot quality my friend
Silvio1953 (119690) 2013-12-09 10:42
Ciao Rosemary, fascinating view of fantastic desert, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, brava, ciao Silvio
Glint (6165) 2013-12-11 6:03
a stunning graphic image. These may sound silly, but I feel a tenderness to these tiny plants. They seem like a sign of hope, that whatever happens, the world/life will go on. The plants form a triangle, always a plus compositionally. I also like the waves formed by the sand.
Valensiaa (240) 2013-12-14 3:40
Beautiful contrast between rich blue and orange colors. Amazing little green plants adds life - great shot.
Thank you for sharing it.
adores (35721) 2013-12-18 8:07
This is a really great shot! The colours, the textures and the lines formed by the sand are so perfect with the little plants so well placed. The low pov was a great choice to show all the details. I really like it!
fds (7844) 2013-12-23 5:55
dear friend Rosemary great picture with fantastic colors contrast between the ocram dunes and the blu sky
great scenary and very simple composition
dear friend happy mery crhistmas
GyurMaster (711) 2014-01-16 10:02
It's my favourite photo among yours. As a Hungarian phrase says (in rough translation): "Plain, but phenomenal." However there is not much to see, the harmony of the colours and the endless desert makes the feeling of achronism.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (30687)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-12
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): CLODO's SELECTION III, Namibian Landscapes 2, Your Favorites, Yquem46's favorites 100-200 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-02 1:36
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