Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa

Tourists climb the highest dune #45 at sunrise in a line. Behind the dune, you see the blue sky. Left-hand side, the dune is in the shade; on the right-hand side, it shines in the most beautiful red.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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

  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Exposure time: 1/250s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 215mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4452 by 2968 pixels (WxH).

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Tourists climb the highest dune #45 at sunrise in a line. Behind it, you see the dark blue sky. The left-hand side is in dark shade; on the right-hand side, it shines in beautiful orange. It is hard to climb the orange dune in Sossusvlei. It is not the most leisure walk.

Because of its distance from the Sesriem Gate, it is named Dune 45. Its location is 45 km from the gate, along a paved road. Indeed it is the most climbed and photographed orange dune in the world. Therefore, you will often find tourists climb or taking photographs of it. Undoubtedly the sand is vibrant orange against the bold blue sky. Of course, it reflects the heat of the day.

Formed by sand, which the wind blew inland from the coast. The sand is over 5 million years old, and it gets its reddish color from its iron oxide content. Interestingly, the colors of the orange dune change according to the lighting of the day. That makes it a fascinating subject matter for photographers at all times. The wind in Sossusvlei blows from all directions. Therefore, we know the dunes as “star dunes.”  Due to the sand forming a star shape with multiple arms.

Dune #45 is accessible to tourists to climb. Indeed the best time to climb it is before the sun comes up so you can see the sunrise once you are at the top. It is 85 meters high, and the climb is absolut worth it. When at the top, you will be able to see a panoramic view of Dune Valley.

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