Deadvlei in southern Namibia sits among some of the tallest dunes in the world, and scientists believe that about 900 years ago those dunes began to cut the area off from the Tsauchab River, which nourished its trees. Now the trees, dead for many years, sit surrounded by dunes in a bed of dried clay.
To get to the trees, one must hike over a well-traveled dune ridge and down onto the clay pan.
One can see why this area has become a magnet for photographers.
The first time I saw an image from Deadvlei, I thought the photographer must have had some special magic!
But now I know that anyone can capture a beautiful image here.
Many places today are referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, including Deadvlei with its blackened tree trunks, fallen branches, red dunes, and blue skies.
Sculpted by winds, the dunes began as sand adhered to an object — a rock, a bush, a tree. But eventually the dune became a massive shape-shifting object in itself.
The shapes are natural examples of abstract art.
Could this tree someday be the foundation for a new dune?
In front of the dunes, a solitary oryx passes through the desert landscape.
During an early morning drive across an unspoiled Namibian landscape, the sunlight is diffused in purple hues .
We turn off our engine and are enveloped by the pure quiet…
and we leave the engine off and take in the moment.
There are so many islands surrounding, and belonging to, Scotland that it simply boggles the mind! Here are just a few, in order of distance from mainland Scotland.
This is a topside vista from uninhabited Staffa Island, famous for its caves and basalt columnar formations.
Someone has gotten creative with stones along the beach of Skaill Bay on Mainland Island, Orkneys.
Waves are crashing onto the shore of Stenness Beach, Shetlands.
The Colorado River’s extensive route takes it from the peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Part of that route, only about 5%, is a scenic journey through the 277-mile long Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Only a small portion of Death Valley is covered in sand dunes, but the dunes add to the stark beauty that one finds there. Shifting shapes and shadows, layered ridges, and subtle hues characterize these wind-carved landscapes.
(Click on image to enlarge.)
More snow and ice, but much closer to home than yesterday’s post! The Rocky Mountains photographed here are in Colorado, but the range actually begins in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and extends through six U.S. states. The jagged peaks of the Rockies are similar to those of the Himalayas of Tibet. They are known as fault-block mountains in which the earth’s crust is pulled apart, with some parts being thrust upward and others downward.
I photographed three pairs of icebergs floating in the Lemaire Channel off the Antarctic Peninsula. But are they gently passing one another, or near the point of collision?
Of this pair, one resembles a serving of soft ice cream and the other is a study in perspective with the tiny specks on top actually being penguins!
Although we often think of icebergs as being white, they also come in many shades of blue and green. Their colors depend on the composition of the ice including factors such as air bubbles, organic and inorganic matter, and whether the iceberg is composed of seawater or rainwater.
These two glide through the water, seemingly in opposite directions and perilously close together. Since over 90% of each berg is under water, are they already colliding?
Can you feel the chill? It’s a cloudy day and the waters surrounding South Georgia Island are icy cold.
Our boat enters the protected waters of the Drygalski Fjord, a long, mile-wide bay cutting into the island.
Glacial ice empties into the fjord, and occasionally large chunks of ice break off or “calve” into the sea.
Warm vapor rises and hovers over a Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.