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Tag Archives: Namibia
After the last two days of photoblogs featuring an abundance of water, I thought today could be an interesting contrast.
Welcome to the deserts of Namibia.
Namibia is a decent-sized country in Southwest Africa. Partly because it is in an extremely dry region, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. This was never more obvious to me than driving along a gravel highway and not seeing any other vehicles for several hours.
As we drove on rough, gravel roads my wife and I passed several springbok, and in a few places monkeys, playing on the side of the road. Even more, as we rumbled along in our truck, the sand dunes of the Namibian desert rose around us.
In the picture above, this was the scene for several hundreds of miles.
Living in the midwest of the United States our summers are lush and green. Bright reddish-orange sand is something we don’t see everyday.
Driving through the Namibian desert was no picnic. Alisha and I traveled on rough, gravel roads and didn’t see another vehicle pass us by for hours. On our way back towards Windhoek, the woman assisting us with check-out suggested we stop by the town of Solitaire for some apple pie.
Solitaire is a good name for the town. There is a gas station, bakery, hotel and car repair shop all on the property and not much else. Near the road are a few abandoned cars which, I’m guessing, didn’t get to where they were going.
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This was taken the first night we were in Namibia. We had a helluva drive to reach this point (six hours on a gravel road), so to run around and play in the various sand dunes of the Sossusvlei region was quite the treat.
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Driving through Namibia, Alisha and I saw some of these enormous piles of debris in random trees. Aside from being a giant mish-mash of sticks and such, there seems to be no method to the madness, and some trees have them, bust most don’t. We stopped at one point to get a closer look and, obviously, take a few pictures of one of them.
Not knowing what we were looking at, we moved on.
A week later, after arriving in South Africa, I was reading a local book and it had a picture similar to the one above, and the accompanying article went on to discuss Sociable Weavers. The birds, apparently, hold the record for building the largest nests in the world.
Seeing the birds’ nest first-hand, I’m not one to disagree with that statistic.
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Today’s entry comes to us from the Sossusvlei region of Namibia. There are towering sand dunes all through the area, but not everything of note has to be a 1,300-foot sand dune. This is just a bunch of weeds growing in the hot, dry, desert. I like the weeds and their shadow up against the orange sands of the desert.
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Alisha and I happily survived our wedding and honeymoon. We had a pretty spectacular evening of celebrating with our close friends and family, and then we whisked ourselves away to Namibia and South Africa.
Namibia was a strange choice for a honeymoon location, but we saw a picture on the front cover of a magazine that caught our attention. Both Alisha and I said “I want to go there!” and so while we were in the neighborhood of South Africa, we also went to Namibia.
The picture above is taken from the Big Daddy dune at sunrise, looking over at the Big Mama dune (Big Daddy is the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area, towering over 1,300-feet high).
For this picture, the wind was so fierce! In the foreground, you can see the sand blast over the ridge of Big Daddy, barely making out our footprints from ten minutes prior.
I’ll post more pictures in the coming months, but right now I just wanted to get a picture up online since it has been awhile since I posted.