Photographing Namibia's Deadvlei
The contrast of the white floor, orange dunes, and blue sky is nothing like you’ve seen before. You have stepped out of the large orange sand dunes and into a new land, welcome to photographing Namibia’s Deadvlei. Deadvlei is located at the salt pan of Sossusvlei. Its name literally means dead marsh. This area, at times, will fill with water, making the most impressing reflections of the orange sand. But, more times than now, it is dried up.
Once upon a time, the land would flood often, causing Camel thorn trees to grown, however, the shifting sand dunes have blocked off the river and the area is now a vast wasteland. The trees had not enough water to survive and died, this is thought to have happened some 600-700 years ago. Over time the trees have turned dark due to the intense sun, giving yet another amazing contrast to the colors in the area
Intense colors, that you probably have never seen in nature all in one place. The pure air and bright sun will offer shadows and lighting that are begging to be captured. The dead camel thorn trees against the gorgeous sand dunes is awe inspiring, to say the least. The majestic beauty of this area is something that many people try to capture, however, it’s so magical, it’s almost impossible to really grab the total beauty.
Despite the number of cars and tourists, there is always a sense of solitude and silence in this area. It has a sense of peace that cannot be captured or explained. But, when we arrive there, you will certainly feel it
Photographing Namibia's Deadvlei - Deep blue Sky
And, then there is this amazing sky. The clouds look as if the dunes reach out and touch them. The various patterns in the clouds with that deep blue that is so clear and rich in color. This sky both day and night is, just wow, and trying to capture that wow factor is a fun challenge. The shadows the clouds portray on the ground can look as if they are dancing in the sand. The sheer contrast of the orange and pink dunes with majestic blue sky and white floor and clouds is, just, WOW.
And, prepare yourself, as you see the petrified trees that have been left to burn in the sun, yes, trees, there is more than one! This was a forest at one time, and this is all that remains. The lines from the dunes to a clear sky will look as if it were painted with care. This, this, is what nature can do, the beauty is something that cannot be dreamt and the experience of standing among it is humbling, to say the least.
Deadvlei is a place like no other place on Earth. It is it’s own unique spot on the planet that has definitely risen to the top of the favorites to visit. To see all of nature’s glory and beauty is something that offers this sense of inner peace and joy. The great orange and pink sands against this once thriving forest tells a bit of a story. ‘m my opinion this is one of the best photo experiences in Africa, I cannot wait to return. Photographing Namibia’s Deadvlei is Awesome, and I cannot wait for you to join me on this wonderful adventure.