Stretching through dry sand and eternal rock in northwestern Namibia runs the Hoarusib River. But in this parched terrain, you won’t to see running water. But even so, the presence of water is clearly witnessed as a ribbon of camelthorn and makanani palm trees break up the barren desert landscape that defines Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.
The greens of the Hoarusib Valley stand out from the muted tones of this hard earth inviting all to explore and enjoy the rare gifts of shade and vegetation. A lone giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) has accepted this valley’s invitation and appears even more stately as he surveys his desert oasis.
Shot handheld using Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 100mm, Exposure 1/400 sec at f/13, ISO 400
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Serenity Beautiful Scenes with Animals in the Background January 2013