While we were in Botswana, the smoke from hundreds of fires in Namibia was drifting across Southern Africa. Hanging low in the sky, the smoke would obliterate the sun before it reached the horizon.

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PS: I will be taking another small group of friends to Africa in September/October 2012. Let me know if you are interested in hearing more about the trip.

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  • sfidra
    sfidraabout 5 years ago

    fantastic love the whole image and the mood perfect placement too!

  • Thanks Sasha. Your comment means a lot.

    – Neville Jones

  • Themis
    Themisabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful take

  • Thankyou Themis! :-)

    – Neville Jones

  • Sue  Fellows
    Sue Fellowsabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!…. :-))

  • Thanks Sue!

    – Neville Jones

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceabout 5 years ago

    What a fabulous capture, but sad to hear that at the cost of wildfire damage.

  • Hmmm. Nearly all of those fires are started by people. As in Australia, there is an ongoing debate about about the benefits of regular burning (which happens in the natural state) vs “protecting” the Veld from fire. Indeed, the Etosha National Park (gazetted in 1907) now proscribes an annual burning program where a different part of the Park is burned every year to simulate the natural cycle of biomass buildup and lightning-started fires to reduce it. On top of the managed programs, there are also many ostensibly illegal fires lit by the traditional land-carers. Relatively few fires are lit by poachers, but it does happen.

    – Neville Jones

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Gabrielle!

    – Neville Jones

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyabout 5 years ago

    Ethereally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing – great image.

  • Wow! Thanks Ken!

    – Neville Jones

  • AleFletcher
    AleFletcherabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous that pink in the middle!!

  • Thanks Ale! :-)

    – Neville Jones

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful zoom photo of the sun, framed well by the trees!

  • Thanks John!

    – Neville Jones

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockabout 5 years ago

    Brings back memories, wish I was there.. How did you capture the colour though? I tried everything with my sunset/sunrise shots but just couldn’t get it!

  • Best I can offer is that I was lucky. The sun had almost set and the smoke was really thick. What was really interesting was that the smoke was so thick the sun actually disappeared before it reached the horizon. You can just see that starting to happen at the bottom of the sun in this image.

    – Neville Jones

  • inglesina
    inglesinaabout 5 years ago

    Great image :)

  • Thanks Inglesina!

    – Neville Jones

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