DeadVlei- Namibia  by Mary Sedici

Photographic Prints


Sizing Information

Small 12.0" x 5.4"
Medium 18.0" x 8.1"
Large 24.0" x 10.8"
X large 30.0" x 13.5"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
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Acrylic on Board
30×60 cm
Orig available for sale

Participating in SoJie12 Workshop – interpreting the wonderful photo of of Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos.
I am taking the chance to say a big thank you to Konstantinos for colaborations and support

by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

Facts from Deadvlei

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means “dead marsh” (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes).

Dead Vlei is surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching 300-400 meters (350m on average, named “Big Daddy” or “Crazy Dune”), which rest on a sandstone terrace. The clay pan was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area.

The trees died, as there no longer was enough water to survive. There are some species of plants remaining, such as salsola and clumps of !nara, adapted to surviving off the morning mist and very rare rainfall. The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black because the intense sun has scorched them. Though not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry.
Wikipedia Article


  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work, Mary:)))

  • Thank you Catherine for being the first one to post such a lovely comment :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    I love this Mary! It turned out so beautiful. Great job!

  • Thank you Bunny – I am really glad you like the oucome :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Remek munka Mary!

  • Koszi szepen Istvan :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 4 years ago

    gorgeous work and scene

  • Hi Luda, thank you very much for visiting and for the wonderful comment ♥

    – Mary Sedici

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 4 years ago

    well done wahini…………….

  • Thank you Gordon ♥

    – Mary Sedici

  • edy4sure
    edy4surealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful job Mary! Great translation, you pulled this off really well ; D

  • Hi Edy – thanks for the wonderful comment. I am glad you like my interpretation of Konstantino’s work. I found this assigment quite challenching, still enjoyable :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    VERY cool, Mary, er, I mean HOT! It really conveys the sense that there has been no life sustaining rainfall for a very long time. Great interpretation!

  • Hello Cindy – thanks for the detailed comment. I really enjoy painting it :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Conoro
    Conoroalmost 4 years ago

    Mary you have captured the spirit of the Namibian desert so well, together with its harsh unrelenting beauty! I’m sure Konstantinos will be very pleased when he sees this :-)

  • Hi Constance – I really love your comment. Before I started painting I read quite a bit about this desert, and I tried to imagine it. A place once abundant in vegetation and now totally dead. Those old trees deserved some recongnoscence for standing up time :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent work, Mary. Superb. Truly gorgeous, too. Congratulations!

  • Thank you Frannie dear for the wonderful comment as well all your support. I am really happy you like the outcome of my work :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful and your painting is so much more expressive. ☺

  • Thanks a lot Anne ♥

    – Mary Sedici

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