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Desert patterns

Desert patterns
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-30 0:52
Viewed: 4472
Points: 12
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Photo taken while on holiday in Namibia.Early one morning we went out to inspect the Namib desert dunes near the town of Swakopmund and saw these wind patterns in the sand

Namib Desert

In the Nama language, Namib means vast, quite an understatement when you're confronted with the endless orange dunes of the parched Namib desert.

The Namib is one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world and is protected by the Namib-Naukluft Park - a 50 000km2 wonderland of shifting sands and colourful dunes.

The scenery may be out of this world but the Namib's wildlife and flora are just as fascinating. Animals, insects and plants have adapted to live in this generally inhospitable region in unique and strangely beautiful ways.

A trip to this area is a remarkably surreal experience but most visitors revel in its strangeness, not to mention the feelings of stillness and quiet desert solitude that it evokes, but it is of course the world-famous Sossusvlei sand dunes that attract the most attention.

Blown into razor sharp ridges by the sand-shifting winds, the impossibly dramatic red dunes are the highest in the world, towering some 300 metres into the air, and just begging to be climbed barefoot.

One of the best ways to appreciate the magnificence of this area is by light aircraft on a scenic flight from Walvis Bay or Swakopmund or a balloon ride over the dunes - and there is some fantastic accommodation deep in the desert.

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Lovely desert Namibian landscape crop with breathtaking simplicity! Bravo Peter, one of those images you can print on canvas and put it on the wall at home! Beautiful Photo!
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-30 1:58]

Hi Peter,this perfect light is the best to capture the design of the little dunes create by the wind on the sand,fantastic choice of point of view to create a magic perspective,impressive sharpness and the warm colors of sunset.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Absolutely beautiful sandscape with the ripples so well illuminated by the slanting light. Wonder how the piece of duricrust got there or whether it is an in situ relict. Wonderful element of your composition. Well done Peter.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-30 7:05]

Beautiful landscape, fine patterns helped by the light, the boulder giving good perspective to the image. tfs.

I am as well into natural patterns today. This is a wide difference from me. I go from forest to you in desert. Love the patterns of nature so pure and so innocently natural.

Hello Peter
Incredible composition. Wonderful texture and folding sand. Very, very interesting photo.

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