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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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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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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ann!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    The vastness of this region is very well captured here, Sylvia. Awesome photograph with a very well written description of what we’re looking at. Great work.

  • Thank you so much Olitto. I know you are aware of my love for Africa. So your comments mean so very much and inspire me to keep returning to that magical land. Really appreciate your kindness and support.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 4 years ago

    What a world out there that I have not conquered

  • I couldn’t have said it better myself Lorraine! Ah, but once you get there – especially to special places like this – you shrink beneath enormous skies and endless horizons and happily surrender to the wonders of Nature! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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

    28 February 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thank you Konstantinos!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    5 March 2011

  • THANK YOU very much Olitto!

    – Owed to Nature

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so much POPs!

    – Owed to Nature

  • John Holding
    John Holdingalmost 2 years ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • Thank you John!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    really beautiful!

  • Thank you Manon for your generosity and wonderful Feature! Greatly appreciated. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • cindy50
    cindy50almost 2 years ago

    Well done! – click on banner to view your work

  • Thank you for the wonderful news Jacqui!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 2 years ago

    24 Jan 2013

  • Thank you so much Maree for your wonderful Feature! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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