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Life in the desert by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes as far as the eye can see, reputed to be the highest in the world, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.
The area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange colour, a consequence of a high percentage of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish colour. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 metres, the highest being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, about 380 metres high.
Fauna in the Sossusvlei area is relatively rich. It mostly comprises small animals that can survive with little water, including a number of arthropods, small reptiles and small mammalians such as rodents or jackals; bigger animals include antelopes (mainly oryxes and springboks) and ostrichs.
Oryx – Gemsbok Race (Oryx gazella), Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 11, ISO 200
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BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 Competition
Category: Animals in their Environment
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  • salsbells69
    salsbells69over 4 years ago

    What a spectacular backdrop! Awesome sense of scale. Great comp, colour and light. Great shot!

  • Thank you very much Salsbells69!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture!
    That is was heck of a backdrop you got there. A great combination of different elements into a beautiful composition

  • Sossuvlei is a magnificent place Peter, thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Many thanks to “Your Magic Place” group for the feature, much appreciated!

  • Zokakelt
    Zokakeltover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Beautiful!

  • Thank you Zokakelt!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Great shot Kon, awesome backdrop!

  • Many thanks Martin, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 4 years ago

    The color! The lines! Gorgeous

  • Thanks a lot Jay!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Neville Jones
    Neville Jonesover 4 years ago

    This is a great shot! Confirms the Namib’s position firmly on my “List”.

  • Thank you very much Neville!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 4 years ago

    This is excellent mate..

  • Many thanks Steve!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesover 4 years ago

    Absolute stunner!!!!

  • Thanks a lot Chris!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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