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Musical Rocks

Musical Rocks
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Copyright: Zoe Kinney (welwitschia) (40)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02
Categories: Desert
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-12 20:50
Viewed: 3008
Points: 10
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The "Musical Rocks" are located in the part of the Namib Desert referred to as "The Moonscape." (This area is so-named because of its resemblance to photographs of lunar landscapes.) These rocks are composed of basalt with an especially high iron content, and are extremely resonant when knocked together. Though not hollow, they make a sound much like that of wind chimes, which is rather haunting in combination with the wailing of the hot wind that continuously blows through the area.

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Hallo Zoe
I have seen many photographs taken in the beautiful country of South West Africa and each one is pleasant in own right. I have never had the oppertunity to visist the country and therefore am thankful for photos like this one of the Musical Rocks and other that you share with us. I also appreciate the interesting note about your subject. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Great documentation of this amazing wonder of nature, Zoe.
Your brief note gives a good account of the peculiar nature of these 'musical' rocks and I can conjure up in my mind the sound these rocks might be making in the wind-swept desert of Namibia.
Best regards.


Hello Zoey,
Please could you let me know where this was actually taken. I spent many nights under the stars at the foot of The Singing Hill to the northeast of Cape Cross and just south of the Messum Complex. The rocks there have very pronounced puckered weathering surfaces and make a whining sound as the wind blows over them. Not quite the same area, I suppose, but interesting view and note. Best wishes.

Hi Zoe,
I like this photo and your composition. Very good foreground. I like sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Zoe, lovely composition with beautiful interestin rocks, wonderful clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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