Namibia is still under the influence of La Niña and heavy rain is still almost a daily occurence. (La Niña is a cooling of the surface water in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and is an event that has an effect on rainfall patterns in southern Africa. It is the opposite of the El Niño phenomenon, which is associated with drier than normal rainy seasons in most of southern Africa).
This year Gobabeb (the desert research centre) has had 90mm of rain compared to the last year's 8mm and Windhoek has had 900mm compared to the average 300mm.
Namibia is the most arid country south of the Sahara.
On the whole there are two seasons: sub-tropical dry winters May to September with temperatures from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius; and hot summers with easterly trade winds, which carry moisture-laden air masses from the warm Mozambique current to the east coast of Africa with temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius (October to April).
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JFS (32459) 2011-03-27 8:58
Endless Africa fields full of life. I love your shot Rosemary! Thanks!
golden (2289) 2011-03-27 9:01
Wow!Amazing shot Rosemary!
The sky is so dramatic,i like the contrast with the green fields..Beautiful colors!
Here is exactly the opposite...It's the first year in 5 years that i'm here that it doesn't rain that much and it's mostly sunny..
yquem46 (38752) 2011-03-27 9:02
A strong color contrast between the gray/blue sky and the yellow/green grass
Impressive threatening sky and very luminous landscape nevertheless
have a nice sunday evening
giorgimer (34941) 2011-03-27 9:06
A really impressive view. Stunning sky, amazing colors
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2011-03-27 9:08
Lively grass colours... The wind is so nicely reflected on the movement of the grass. The spectacular sky gives the feeling of watching 2012 movie.
dta (81076) 2011-03-27 9:29
Hello Rosemary ,
A splendid composition with outstanding contrasts . And a very informative note that explains me why your recent picture of Windhoek was so green .
romanaa (8016) 2011-03-27 10:16
fantastic capture of the threatening sky that contrasts beautifully with the bright yellows and greens of the grass. The wind in the straws is captured brilliantly.
I very appreciate your note as I have heard of El Nino, but not about the opposite La Nina.
bema (26425) 2011-03-27 10:16
impressive sky and dark clouds about a fascinating landscape... like a lot that dark mood you´ve captured here in fantastic colors..
have a nice week, see you around, cheers Bernd
nbj (2097) 2011-03-27 11:45
superb colors and lots of energy.
Nard (6972) 2011-03-27 11:58
Really a nice composition. Strong and beautiful colors, a excellent light which gives this wormy atmosphere. We can feel the wind on the grass and the sky is incredible. Well done
federico (4275) 2011-03-27 15:58
hi rosemary, wonderfull colors, great stormy sky, perfect management of light, really well done
humayun (3055) 2011-03-27 19:45
very very very nice photo...........
timecapturer (49288) 2011-03-28 5:05
atmospheric, moody and visually quite stunning! An amazing and effective mix of colours and textures. An impressive and striking image. Well done!
mvdisco (17794) 2011-03-28 21:25
Beautiful landscape nicely presented and composed with great tone of colors and light,
great perpective and details,
I like the dramatic sky , he is amazing.
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-03-28 23:32
This photo has a lots of power/exciting (the dark clouds), but is also quiet and has a lots of depth(good perspective and composition).... Great Job!
Nicou (148458) 2011-03-29 1:12
Fantastique compo et iamg,e quel ciel gris bleu et lourd quelle mouvement avec ce plan au sol, fantastique compo.
Bravo et maitié
lousat (95888) 2011-03-29 2:58
Hi Rosemary.No comment.A great pleasure for the eyes and a greatfull work in PP....My best compliments,have a nice day and thanks to show us this beauty.Luciano
abmdsudi (57168) 2011-03-29 7:48
Love the extreme color contrast and very impressive threatening sky not to be missed if time permits which i love to shoot. Exceptional moment captured here under heavy clouds and nicely composed image. Excellent fg and mif fg subjects and i love the slight motion effect on long grass which suit the conditon well. Great effort and thks for sharing.
patdeph (35748) 2011-03-29 14:01
Woooooooooooooowwwww!The light,the sky,the movement of the grasses,the colors are really fantastic and give a wonderful picture!Congratulations!
jafadabret (56501) 2011-03-29 23:35
C'est une photo d'une grande force, évocatrice de la puissance de la nature. J'aime ce ciel tourmenté annonceur de fortes pluies en tempête. Le sol est illuminé comme si la lumière venait de lui.
Très belle prise !
CLODO (35360) 2011-03-31 8:54
La Niña: a good opportunity for you to get unusual shots of your country! The sky is really impressive and presses over the green meadows. It seems also that the wind is blowing.
have a good evening
annjackman (21901) 2011-03-31 16:46
The cloud formation is magnificent with those swirly dark shapes but also looks rather threatening - hope you didn't get wet! The 'green desert' adds lovely colour and gives the impression of being blown hard by the wind. You have given a very interesting note. I wonder whether this increased rainfall helps the wildlife which seem to live in very harsh conditions normally. Best wishes, Ann
ricochet (9696) 2011-04-01 10:19
Wow!!! The stormy skies gives a great impact to your very nice composition, lovely tones and well managed light! Splendid work!
Have a nice WE!
macjake (71053) 2011-04-01 18:42
I can clearly see why this photo is so popular for you.
such bold contrasts in mother nature!
love the grey and green combos.
looks almost like a painting, with brush strokes in the sky.
samson (1836) 2011-04-17 0:39
Stormy skies and sunlit trees and grass always make perfect shots. I like this photo. The long white cloud in the background is lovely too.
jmdias (67187) 2011-05-01 2:29
amazing stormy sky and stunning contrast with the golden fields. excellent job with light, colors, sharpness and framing. here la niña bring us more dry days and el niño bring us lots of rain. nice to see this land that was located few km far from my home (millions of year ago, haha)
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2011-05-10 12:50
Hello Rosemary, great shot with wonderful colors. The dark sky makes it very dramatic. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards, Michael
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31629)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-02-04
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Namibian Landscape [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-27 8:50
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