Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A beautiful Oryx is crossing the wet Etosha salt pan. The animal is walking through the wet, muddy ground of the salt pan. It has long antlers and one leg lifted.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 16 April, 2020

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

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/240s
  • ISO: 250
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5851 by 3901 pixels (WxH).

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Background

In the ‘Oryx Crossing A Salt Pan’ fine art photograph, you can see the muddy salt clinging to the hoof of the Oryx’s upraised leg. Behind the Oryx is a trail of its footprints as it saunters to its unknown destination. Indeed, the salt pans stretch as far as the eye can see. An empty endless vastness. Is it empty? No, but it is infinite.

The salt pan of northern Namibia covers an area of 4800 square kilometers / 2980 square miles. Etosha pan is the largest expanse of salt in Africa. There are lone salt springs on the pan that have built up little hillocks of clay. Those springs use the animals as salt licks. Rainwater fills the channels that lead into the pan during monsoon season. At the same time, this creates scattered rainwater pools.

The remarkable Oryx is a unique antelope, which inhabits sparse grasslands, semi-desert, and deserts. Altogether there are four species of Oryx. Three of the species are native to Africa and the fourth you find in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Gemsbok or Oryx, Oryx gazella, is under the category least concern in the IUCN red list.

If you like the ‘Oryx Crossing Salt Pan,’ you may want to discover similar hoofed mammals. All our wildlife photographs, including landscapes, are for sale of a license and fine art photographic prints.

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