Deadvlei by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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Deadvlei is a spectacular region of the Namib desert and one of the world’s most striking, well-preserved desert landscapes. The huge pan, or vlei, is surrounded by towering sand dunes as far as the eye can see, reputed to be the highest in the world. It 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 the trees died.
Camel thorn trees (Acacia erioloba), Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D40x, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 36 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 14, ISO 200
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  • quickred
    quickredover 5 years ago

    Very vibrant & surreal-nicely done!

  • Thank you Ron!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago


  • Many thanks Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 5 years ago

    Stark and absolutely gorgeous. Such vivid blue skies juxtaposed with that golden red sand is a knockout.

  • Thank you very much Whalegeek!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 5 years ago

    Superb !!

  • Thank you!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 5 years ago

    Excellent image execution

  • Many thanks Canonman!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaover 5 years ago

    choice pic .love it .simple ,striking .well done !

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago

    This one jumps off the page – stunning picture!

  • Thank you Felicity!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Geoff Beck
    Geoff Beckover 5 years ago

    Great shot. I love the stark contrasts and texture.

  • Many thanks Geoff!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamover 5 years ago

    This reminds me of a movie…..I think it was called “The Cell”. It had a location exactly like this.

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Marvellous work. Wonderful rich tones and beautiful framing. A FAV for me. Don.

  • Thanks a lot Don!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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