Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa

The magnificent two dead trees stand on the white clay pan, which the orange and red sand of the dune frame beautifully.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 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/29
  • Exposure time: 1/40s
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length: 200mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3264 by 4896 pixels (WxH).

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The mysterious two dead trees stand in the foreground of the photograph, on the white clay pan. The fiery orange and red sand of the dunes frame the trees that it almost seems to be a painting. The vivid color is truly a spectacle to see in person. Come along with Anette on a private tailored photographic tour so that you can witness this yourself.

The Deadvlei is famously characterized by the stark black camel thorn trees that are contrasted by the white clay pan. As correctly shown in this photograph of the two dead trees. The Tsauchab River flooded many years ago, that was forming the flat pan. That was allowing these camel thorn trees to sprout up. However, the climate changed, and the dunes enriched on the flat pan, which blocked the river from reaching this particular area. Therefore, the floor dried up into this flat white pan, and the trees died. Although the trees died, they did not decompose. Now they stand trapped and blackened to a crisp.

These two dead trees are decorating the flat pan. Their age we estimate of around 900 years. Including all the other camel thorn trees in the area. The white clay pan acts as a tomb for their still and rigid bodies. Furthermore, it is a photographer’s dream to come here. As there is a significant amount of contrast amongst the terrain, which creates wanders photographs.

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