October 23, 2014


Photographer: Mark Dube; Mark's Web site
Summary Author: Mark Dube

Inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia lies a barren the landscape of Deadvlei. Flooding from the nearby Tsauchab River created shallow pools over its claypan. Camel Thorn trees were able to thrive here until the climate turned dry and the sand dunes advanced, blocking the river.

With long dead trees scorched black from the Sun and bleached white clay soil surrounded by burning-red sand dunes, the Deadvlei looks more like a surrealist backdrop than an actual place. Some of the trees are more than 900 years old. Photo taken on September 12, 2011.

Photo details: Camera Model: CANON EOS 60D; Lens: EF-S IS USM 17-85mm f/4-5.6; Focal Length: 64mm (102mm equivalent: 36mm); Aperture: f/11.0; Exposure Time: 0.002 s (1/500); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.