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DEADVLEI, NAMIBIA

Memories of trees

Now almost wholly encircled by sand dunes, Deadvlei was an oasis until its water supply was lost several centuries ago

My friends and I travelled to Namib-Naukluft National Park on our frst road trip in Namibia, a place whose friendly people and pure nature left us stunned. I took this shot at the clay pan of Deadvlei in the late morning as the sun’s warm light painted a huge sand dune, and I waited for a tourist to appear in the frame.

In my imagination they were a human amid the devils of the camelthorn trees, which died about 800 years ago but never decomposed because the environment is so dry – an amazing phenomenon. This image reminds me of the beauty of Namibia’s landscapes, and of a place I will never forget.

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