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The Barren Land of Dead Vlei by Jill Fisher

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In the Namib-Naukluft National Park, in the central Namib Desert, Namibia is a strange and alien landscape. Known as Dead Vlei or “dead marsh” it is found among the tallest dunes in the world, reaching some 400 meters or 1,312 feet high, taller than the Empire State Building. Some 900 years ago the climate dried up, and dunes cut off Dead Vlei from the river.

It became so dry in Dead Vlei that not only did the trees die, but it became too dry for the trees to even decompose, and they simply scorched black in the sun, monuments to their own destruction. The trees, now over a 1000 years old (it is believed they were living for some 200 years before the climate shifted again), form a barren forest of ancient dead trees, frozen much as they were some 900 years ago.

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.

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  • Jill Fisher
    Jill Fisherover 2 years ago

  • withsun
    withsunover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous ! Like a animation location !

  • Thank you !

    – Jill Fisher

  • CBoyle
    CBoyleover 2 years ago

    What a great image Jill Well done :)

  • Thanks very much

    – Jill Fisher

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    17 Sept 2012 2 Images per day

  • Thank you Magaret, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Andrew Woodman
    Andrew Woodmanabout 2 years ago

    Nice one…works perfectly as a b/w.

  • Thank you Andrew, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 2 years ago

    wow.. this is fantastic .. gorgeous textures … so lovely in mono

    wow.. this is fantastic .. gorgeous textures … so lovely in mono18th Sept 2012

  • Many thanks Maria, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Excellent image Jill! Well suited for b&w.

  • Thanks very much Arfan, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Amazing image Jill,,,great info!!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    A fabulous shot! Perfect B&W. What a strange and interesting history. Thanks for telling it, Jill.

  • Thanks for your great comment Bette, it’s such a unique place, a bit of a hike to get there :) Cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...about 2 years ago

    You have really captured the ‘barren’ feeling in this, well done Jill!

  • That’s great, thanks very much for the feature Nicolette, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

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