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Dawn of our first morning in the wilds of Namibia. The air is so clean and crisp it fills lungs with new life. The stillness and expanse of landscape begin at our feet and reach out in every direction without end. Fresh jackal and oryx tracks lead from the soft sand of dunes to open savanna and rugged layers of mountain. The sun dances behind veils of clouds to set the sky ablaze and create a brilliant new day in Africa.

This is Wolwedans in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia.

Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF28-135 f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 33mm, Exposure 1/3 sec at f/11, ISO 200
Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod with Arcatech ballhead

Also part of the Sunscapes calendar

Featured by the groups
Digital Photography August 8 2011
Nature In Its Entirety August 9 2011
#1 Artists of RedBubble August 11 2011 (Group since changed to Paint Book)
African Art and Photography August 28 2011
Sunrise, Sunset Scapes September 4 2011
High Quality Images October 20 2011
Afrikaans December 12 2013

The #1 Challenge Winner
African Art and Photography Monthly Avatar Challenge for January 2013 December 2012

Top Ten Challenge Winner
Wild Africa Best Wildlife & Nature Photographer – March 2012 March 2012
Banner for Mother Nature’s Finest Challenge Winner Banner April 2012
African Beauty African landscape January 2013
Post Card Style Discover the World: Southern Africa February 2014


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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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Comments

  • Patricia Gibson
    Patricia Gibsonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful landscape, great tones, light & composition.

  • Thank you very much Patricia. Your wonderful comments perfectly describe the scenery that is Namibia. To borrow your words… not that hard to get lost in the moment each time I step outside. ;-)
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonalmost 3 years ago

  • Wow, I’m overjoyed with this wonderful honor and privilege! Thank you so very much Ian.   –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Steen Nielsen
    Steen Nielsenalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, so beautiful and the colors of the sky and ground are amazing. A great capture.

  • Many thanks for your wonderful comments Steen. For landscapes, I find Namibia unmatched for rugged beauty. This is how that morning looked. I originally took 3 bracketed shots with the intention of trying HDR some day, but was pleased to find it unnecessary. This single shot just needed some Lightroom and Photoshop tweaking to awaken that glorious morning in this image. ;-)   –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent colors and light. Great composition too

  • Thank you ever so much John. I’ll let you know on what I love most about this image… I would not have been able to compose this shot to show any more of the dunes in the foreground as just below the bottom of the frame, is the raised wooden platform that our tent sat on. This was the view from the foot of my bed. (Is it a wonder I just love Africa!?)
    ;-)   Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantalmost 3 years ago

    no wonder at all

  • ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 Images per day 2011/08/09
    Excellent photography and writing!

  • Thank you very much Maggie for your comments on both my image and my writing. i often struggle with words but luckily special moments in Africa, well, the memories write themselves…

    – Owed to Nature

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work !!! Congratulations on your feature August 9th, 2011!

    You can now enter this image in our August Featured Members Challenge
    Good Luck

  • Thank you ever so much Evita! Greatly appreciate your very gracious comments, feature and invitation…  Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely!

  • Thank you Barbara!   –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...almost 3 years ago

    This is heavenly gorgeous!
    I love the little footprints in the foreground too.

  • Great fun finding little details like that. My favorite way to bring memories back to life and make a special moment even more so. ;-)
    Thank you so much Corri!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!

  • Thank you very much Ellanita!   –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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