A gemsbok ("Oryx gazella") in front of one of the gigantic dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia, under the morning light.
Cropped, increased contrast, corrected the axis, applied a retouch.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one reason to visit Namibia.
The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for good photographic opportunities. The midday heat is intense and best spent in the shade.
'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water, and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this.
During exceptional rainy seasons, Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast.
However, the name 'Sossusvlei' nowadays applies to the whole area - an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River together with the red dunes that march along like giant sentinels to south and north of the plain.
The second attraction of the area is Sesriem Canyon, which is only a few kilometres from the campsite, the entrance gate, and main Nature Conservation office. The canyon derives its name from the fact that early Afrikaner trekkers had to use six ('ses') leather thongs (a thong is a 'riem') so that their buckets could reach the water far below. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment.
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sayeed_rahman (6434) 2010-08-29 0:12
Not sure about the frame, but a white would have held this better, the scale and depth is remarkable..your lens indicate you shoot wildlife alot,
more from the safari erdem
Bartleby (13552) 2010-08-29 0:46
I think your picture wouldn't have worked that well if the gemsbok hadn't been here. I like how it seems lost in the midst of this giant, colorful dune which provides a strong graphic element with textures and colors. The overall mood is very peaceful.
kiks (12611) 2010-08-29 1:28
The colors are real magic here. LOve the crop you made allowing us to concetrate on the shapes and colors. The gemsbok is good to give us an idea of scale.
romanaa (7984) 2010-08-29 4:44
the simplicity of your shot is beautiful. Stunning colours and textures, peaceful atmosphere - real pleasure for eyes.
gabrielpat (7163) 2010-08-29 8:40
Splendid view on the red dunes,the gemsbok is ideally placed and gives the scale of the land and dunes.
ktanska (27844) 2010-08-30 2:11
Wonderful picture. That lonely gemsbok reveals well how huge that sand dune is. Deep rusty red colour is extraordinary and patchy light adds contrasts to this out of the ordinary landscape.
aphro (135) 2010-08-31 12:51
what a view! beautiful frame and
earth-based colours, well done!!
Thanks For Sharing(TFS),
Angshu (56758) 2010-09-16 23:43
The beauty of this picture lies in its rich colours, moreso the red, which makes it look more like a Martian landscape. The way you framed this is interesting as well with the red part occupying bulk of the frame, though the main subject - the gazelle, a fine focal point as well, lies in the bottom corner. Fine alround work! And I do agree with you about the black frame
annjackman (21899) 2010-11-05 1:23
Composition and colours give this the feeling of being a painting that I would not get bored with on my wall. The reds to pinks to the brownsih yellows give a harmony and the gemsbok just makes this perfect. Reminds me of my holiday in Namibia and brings back very fond memories.
keribar (43841) 2010-11-16 0:32
Hayatta en šok gitmek istediğim yerlerden biri Namibia.
Gercekten nefis olmuş, darısı başıma,
180 puan alması gerekirdi
IYI BAYRAMLAR - Izzet Keribar
zanskar (280) 2011-04-14 1:06
Congratulations for this shot, showing the immensity of Namib desert, with some of the highest sand dunes in the world, and this little oryx, which seems lost in this landscape. Really a nice picture !
have a nice day
Rafer (0) 2011-06-03 2:10
Superbe image and perfect composition and color!!!
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3913)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-18
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm L IS USM, Canon CirPL 77mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Favorites continue... #3, Favourite pictures I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 23:27
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