Coast with fog at sunrise – the early Namibian morning creates a hazy and haunting effect on the Skeleton coast landscape. The orange and red colors in the mist are quite vibrant. It is almost like brilliant laziness from a fire. Except that area in the photograph is being lit by the vividly radiant sunrise light. The sun is rising on the left of the photo while, as you can see, the right-hand side is in shadows.
The impressive Skeleton Coast is one of the few places worldwide where the desert meets the ocean. The Portuguese sailors that experienced it called it “The Gates of Hell.” A fascinating fact about this place is that visitors are limited to only 800 individuals a year. That is to protect the coastline and to make sure it will not be overrun by tourists. The Skeleton Coast with fog at sunrise is typical as the desert can get freezing at night. Temperatures will reach extreme highs during the day and drop to extreme lows at night.
The allure of the skeleton coast is because there are enormous dunes just 300 meters / 328 yards from the shoreline. Lions and other animals are searching for food along the beach. The only human-made objects are the hundreds of shipwrecks along the beach. It is a place that defies all preconceived notions about Africa and is unlike any other site in the world.
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Wonder what forgotten stories are hidden in this desert
Anette Mossbacher –
For sure many stories. Thanks so much, Jacques.