Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa

A beautiful landscape photograph is showing the black Acacia trees standing on the white clay pan at Deadvlei. Behind the trees rise the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Exposure time: 1/60s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length: 33mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4826 by 3218 pixels (WxH).

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Amongst the colossal red dunes of the Namib Rand lies the eerie and spectacular Deadvlei. It is the home of the Deadvlei trees scattered over the clay pan. The name Deadvlei means dead marsh. In Afrikaans, ‘vlei’ means swamp. It used to be a marsh, yet, it is now a dried-up white clay pan with old acacia trees. Surrounding the Deadvlei clay pan is some of the world’s massive dunes. The red and orange color of the dunes comes from thousands of years of rust. As a result, the sand has an extremely fiery appearance.

Deadvlei Red Dunes & Dead Trees

We believe that the claypan formed more than a thousand years ago when the Tsauchab river flooded after intense rainfall. After that, it created shallow pools of water. In these marshes, camel thorn trees started to thrive. But after about 200 years, the climate changed. Drought became the norm. The dunes that encroached the area soon blocked off the Tsaucheb river and any water from the once-thriving marsh.

Hence the name Deadvlei. With no water, the trees weren’t able to survive. However, they did not disappear altogether. They dried up instead of decomposing, and the harsh desert sun blackened them to a crisp. Talk about a hectic sunburn! The 900-year-old tree skeletons remain in a white clay marsh within the desert.

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1 comment for Deadvlei Red Dunes & Dead Trees

  1. Andrea

    I had this image printed on canvas and it is gracing our lounge. I love looking at it and everyone that comes to visit comments on it! Great pic, great buy! 😀

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thanks so much again for your purchase of this Deadvlei photo print. It is always great to get feedback from customers.
      Thanks so much, Andrea.
      Ciao Anette

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