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Dead Vlei Tree Skeletons by Jill Fisher

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm L lens.
I know, it may look like a painting but it is actually a photograph with only the usual basic editing, i.e. contrast and saturation. The orange background is sunlit sand dunes, some of the largest and oldest in the world. The more orange the sand dune is, the older they are. A truly unique and amazing place.

Dead Vlei means dead marsh or lake. It is the name of an awe-inspiring white clay pan situated in the salt pan of Sossusvlei, in Namibia. It is estimated that these acacia trees have been dead for more than nine hundred years. Frozen in time, their twisted and contorted branches immovable even against the occasional breeze,


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My favourite artist, Vincent Van Gogh once said “the way to know life is to love many things” and I hope those words are reflected in my photography.

Thanks for visiting and I hope some of my work resonates with you or inspires you as I am by other photographers’ amazing work here. Please feel free to explore and leave any comments.

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  • Bjarte Edvardsen
    Bjarte Edvardsenover 2 years ago

    There’s a very strong graphic effect in this one. The sky does not look like something you can do with only basic editing, but I don’t really care: This is beautiful.

    // Bjarte

  • Bjarte, there is no sky, the orange background is actually a sand dune lit by the early morning sun, some of the oldest and largest dunes in the world. Ha ha, I knew people would think I had edited it heavily, because it looks so surreal…but as I say it is real! thanks for your comment :) cheers ~

    – Jill Fisher

  • Bjarte Edvardsen
    Bjarte Edvardsenover 2 years ago

    That is a sand dune! Wow. Well done – also in tricking my mind ;)

  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 2 years ago

    Terrific comp, Jill…nicely graphic as Bjarte said.

  • Many thanks Tula!

    – Jill Fisher

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    This is amazing Jill… such a great capture.

    One click of the banner will take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Many thanks ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 2 years ago

    What an absolutely amazing photo – WOW!

  • Thanks very much for the WOW Loree :) ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thanks Larry ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/04/18 2 images per day

  • Troy Dalmasso
    Troy Dalmassoover 2 years ago

    I saw this one featured on National Geographic, didn’t I?

    Great shot!

  • Thanks Troy, mine is very similar, the other taken by a famous photographer..:) ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Michael Treloar
    Michael Treloarover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work. Love it !

  • Thanks so much Michael and also for the feature in Stunning Scapes ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Lincoln Stevens
    Lincoln Stevensover 2 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Jill! I was drawn by the colour and yes I to thought that it had had some major work done to it so was reading your comments to see what you had done and came across where you had written “sunlit sand dunes” and so quickly flicked back up to the picture for a second look. Wow what a place, what a shot, well done!!!

  • Many thanks Lincoln, it’s quite deceiving, looks like a painting but only minor editing done. It is an amazing place, a place like no other. The dead trees are 900 years old :) ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

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