Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

An impressive giraffe is walking across a red rock field. The beautiful colors of the red and orange rock fields are interrupted by bright green bushes growing sparsely.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 10 April, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.5
  • Exposure time: 1/1800s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 167.3mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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An impressive giraffe is walking across a red rock field. We captured this wildlife photograph on the way to the Skeleton Coast. While driving through the Torra Conservancy, several giraffes marched in this harsh vastness. The beautiful colors of the red and orange fields are interrupted by bright green bushes growing sparsely. The red rock field also gives a feeling of the heat experienced in Namibia. Sometimes it is not imaginable how the wildlife here can survive in these severe conditions.

Remarkable Giraffe In A Red Rock Field

An outstanding solitary giraffe is walking across the rock field, representing the real vastness of the Namibian desert perfectly. Close to the Skeleton Coast, which has its name from thousands of shipwrecks and whale carcasses that litter the coastline. At the same time, a lot of the seashore is barren and desolate. However, this place is far from uninhabited. The Himba people call it home. With a population of 50 000 people living in both the northern part of Namibia and Angola. They created their own sunscreen to protect them from the sun’s harsh rays. Done so by mixing ocher and butter, evidently creating a red hue to their skin.

Giraffes can do much more than walk. They can reach a speed of 56 kilometers / 35 miles per hour over a short distance. While running at 16 kilometers / 10 miles per hour, they can cover longer distances. Giraffes need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in 24 hours! Often they achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time. Amazingly, giraffes spend most of their lives standing up. They sleep and give birth standing up!

The Giraffe, Camelopardalis, is in category vulnerable in the IUCN red list.

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2 comments for Giraffe Is Walking Across A Red Rock Field

  1. Janis

    Love the lonely giraffe

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Me too. Thanks Janis.

  2. Andrea

    Beautifully captured giraffe.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thank you, Andrea.

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