17th June marks the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. When it comes to protecting our land resources, desertification is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.
The Namib desert is one of the oldest and largest deserts (according to scientists it is over 55 million years old!) with some of the highest dunes reaching up to 400m. One of the most spectacular attractions in Namibia (especially for photographers), is Sossusvlei which literally translates as "dead-end marsh" [source]. It is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River from flowing any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.
Excio member, Lex Rudd, has recently shared a fascinating collection of photographs from Namibia so let's jump on the visual journey and see what Lex is sharing in his Excio collection about his trip.
A Cactus at Kolmanskop by Lex Rudd
"Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia that is submerged in sand now but early last century it was a thriving town next to a diamond mine. This image was captured with a Nikon D7200 at F18, 1/60s, ISO1000, 27mm"
Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean by Lex Rudd
"This image shows a solitary fisherman casting a line in the Atlantic Ocean which borders the Namib Desert. The oceanic moist is evident behind the fisherman. The image was captured with a Nikon D7200 at F22, 1/250s, ISO100, 93mm"
Simple Beauty by Lex Rudd
"The dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia were a photographic heaven for me. I captured this image using a Nikon D7200 at F11, 1/400s, ISO200, 78mm"
The Long Road by Lex Rudd
"The Namib Desert in many parts is devoid of all forms of life. There is no vegetation, no fences, no power, and of course no internet. This image was captured with a Nikon D7200 at F13, 1/640s, ISO400, 21mm"
An Oryx Crosses the White Line by Lex Rudd
"The Namib Desert is a desolate region. This Oryx was alone and readily crossed the bitumen road. Captured with a Nikon D7200 at F8, 1/640s, ISO400, 375mm"
Dunes by Air by Lex Rudd
Sossuvlei Dunes shot from the air. Captured using a Nikon D7200 at
F5.3, 1/3200, ISO800, 112mm"
Namib Cracks by Lex Rudd
"The Namib Desert has an annual rainfall of 8mm. I was lucky enough to visit when it had its one rain shower for the year. This is what we saw the next day. All signs of visible moisture had gone within 16 hours."
Sossuvlei at Dawn by Lex Rudd
"The Sossusvlei Dunes are up to 350m high and because of the low rainfall (8mm p.a.) are essentially free of any vegetation. At dawn, they are also free of footprints.
Nikon D7200 at F11, 1/250s, ISO400, 27mm"
Deadvlei by Lex Rudd
"Deadvlei is a clay pan inside the Sossusvlei Dunes. The camel thorn trees are 900 years old but have never decomposed because there is no water (annual rainfall is 8mm).
Nikon D7200 F11, 1/320s, ISO400, 15mm"
The Lone Tree by Lex Rudd
"The Lone Tree is a solitary tree that sits beneath the majestic Sossusvlei dunes. The tallest of these dunes is 350m high. This dune was about 170m high.
Nikon D7200 at F11, 1/640s, ISO 400, 230mm"