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The sun was beginning to set on our first full day on the Skeleton Coast. A day that dreams are made from… It began with the roar of the wind as it whipped desert sand all around us. But as we neared the ocean, wind gave way to a dance between fog and sun. The wind now whispered in tune to the rolling sound of waves rushing to shore. We kept rhythm as we gently rocked and rolled to the curves of endless dunes, our tempo slowing to take in the wonder of each moment then rushing with excitement to discover the treasure awaiting with the next vista.

It’s a magical place. Even the hardiest of creatures who call this place home must pause to relish the view.

Cape jackal (Canis mesomelas mesomelas), a subspecies of the Black-backed jackal, Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia, Africa

Shot handheld using Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 400mm, Exposure 1/640 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 4 years ago

    stunning work!!

  • There’s something about this image that brings me back to the moment it was taken. So rewarding to know something of what makes it special to me may come through to others… Thank you so much Charmiene!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...about 4 years ago

    Magical!!! This is gorgeous!

  • Many, many thanks Corri! In my description I try to convey how magical and special my visit to Skeleton Coast is for me. But then, they’re just words… So glad this photo tells the story for me. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic image, and what a lyrical description to present it with! Excellent!

  • Love that word “Lyrical” when thinking of Skeleton Coast! It’s such a special place. Thank you Arla for reading my description and your very kind words.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 4 years ago

    A wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so much Barbara!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    4 January 2011 … one image a day

  • Trish – Many thanks to you and the Group!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Wow What a wonderful capture!! This is so beautiful! Great shot!

  • Skeleton Coast is such a beautiful place. Such spectacular surroundings make it so rewarding to own a camera! Thank you both. So glad you like this image. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Absolute instant fave. The lighting is phenomenal, the composition is impeccable, the depth is gobstopping and the mystery (of what he’s looking at) is enchanting.

  • Awww, Lee-Anne, I cherish your comments! I do believe you made me blush! ;–) As I try to convey with my description, Skeleton Coast touched my heart and soul. It’s a land of wonder and magic for the senses, the spirit and the camera! I’m thrilled I was there to benefit from it all. ;–)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 4 years ago

    Another fine photo…Sylvia, my friend!!!

  • And more heartfelt Thanks to you for your comments, support and friendship. Thank you so much Lorraine.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardabout 4 years ago

    Touching and beautiful image ..like you say very “in the moment” captured with the heart with patience and passion …you are a fantastic writer and photographer…superbe!!

  • Oh Gisele, you overwhelm me! I’m so flattered if passion comes through my work. Especially in writing. But as your art so beautifully displays, listen and speak from your heart and you let magic find you… Heartfelt thanks for your comments.

    – Owed to Nature

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

  • Thank you Konstantinos!

    – Owed to Nature

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