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Dead pan, Sossusvlei

Dead pan, Sossusvlei
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon Digital EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-31 0:47
Viewed: 4416
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo of a dead tree in the famous Dead Pan in Sossusvlei, Namibia, makes me think of the year 2010, which is now just about dead and over.
A new Year with new opportunities now awaits us, let's make the most of it.

Dead Vlei: Sossusvlei National Park, Namibia
Dead Vlei is located in the Sossusvlei National Park in Namibia. A vlei can be described as a lake pan. Public transport links to the park aren’t especially great and most travelers choose to stay in one of the luxury camps which provide their own forms of transport.

Dead Vlei was formed when the nearby Tsauchab River flooded, forming several shallow pools that eventually receded when the climate changed. The water was present long enough for Camelthorn trees to take root. Dead Vlei hasn’t flooded in living memory and the specter trunks are nearly 1,000 years old. The extreme aridity of the desert prevents them from decomposing. The towering dunes which rise on every side of the parched runway are believed to be the world’s tallest, some of them exceeding 300 meters (Big Daddy, as it’s called, is the parks largest).

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-31 0:52]

Hello Peter,
Fantastic photo in splendid saturated colours of a place I remember myself from a very long time ago. The contrasts are awesome. Taken from a very good POV in an excellent composition.

Hello Peter!
Joshua's Tree! Amazing landscape. Excellent colours.
Superb picture and very interesting info.
A Happy New Year!!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-31 3:11]

This pic is a fantastic spectacle and no need comments....i wish you all the best me too for the new year coming..a year full of incredibles views like that! Luciano

Ciao Peter, fascinating composition with fantastic dead tree, splendid light, wonderful natural colors and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, Happy New Year 2011 to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
Very interesting landscape with the dead trees and sand dunes. It's simple but it so works. Have a great new year!

The view of dead trees in the desert of Namibia with the red sand dunes behind them always leaves me a bit sad, Peter.
This is a marvellous capture that captures the essence of this area.
Thanks and wish you too a Happy New Year!

Hello Peter.
Fantastic landscape and beautiful photo with excellent composition and impressive colours.
My best wishes for a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-31 5:39]

Hello Peter,
What an attractive landscape image you have posted to end the old year and bring in the new. Excellent composition, color and clarity. Very informative notes!!

Hello Peter,
Splendid capture with excellent details and lovely composition.
Great shot. The colors of the desert in the back is outstanding
and in very good contrast with the sky.

Hi Peter,
A perfect landscape photo! The colours are woundrful.
Happy New Year, Pambos

good composition and The enigmatic!
Happy new year!

Ahmet Yasin

Hallo Peter
Your image has lots of character to it and the colours and textures are spectacular. Lately I have seen many scenes from Dead Vlei in the Sossusvlei National Park, Namibia on the gallery, but time and time again it seems as if I see it for the first time. It seems as if Namibia is an absolute photographer’s paradise. Maybe next time you can squeeze me into one of your suitcases? The dunes and blue sky in the background adds to the uniqueness of this already great scenery. Thanks for sharing. I wish you, Doreen and Lorainne a prosperous 2011. Best regards.

Photos of the extremely impressive. Awesome composition, intense colors, great depth of field.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-02 0:46]

Hello Peter,
excellent view of this strange valley. Very exciting colours and the richness of the graphical presentation. The snaddune is really exciting to look at.
Very lovely presentation.


This is a wonderful scene and shot!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Regards, Erodotos

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