Landscape of Namibia

 

Namibia is a photographer's dream - it boasts incredible landscapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife and vast vistas for everyone to enjoy.  The sublime sunsets are only one of the many natural wonders that will draw you to Namibia. Namibia isn’t pleasant; it is overwhelming. We were pleasantly surprised by it's beauty.  Visiting Namibia in April meant that most parts were still green after a wet season before it dries out completely during the winter.  

 

Driving from Kamanjab to Palmwag the scenery is absolutely stunning and as a landscape photographer, you can't help but stop every five minutes to take some pictures. 

Clouds on the sky that morning worked to our advantage as the sun was playing a beautiful game of lights and shadows cast over the vast landscape.

 
 

On the picture above you can see the entry to the Grootberg Pass which really reminded us of scenes from our trip to the USA.  It was absolutely stunning and we had to stop for a while to take in all that beauty that surrounded us.  And of course to take a few photos to remember that peace and serenity.

 

The light shining through the grass was magic.  This was one of the most interesting parts of Namibia (excluding Sossusvlei and Deadvlei), at least for us, landscape photographers.

 

Twyfelfontein

 

Another few hundred kilometres and we reached another amazing part of Namibia just before sunset.  Not wasting our time, we took our tripods and cameras and positioned ourselves in the grass of a vast savannah waiting for those magic sunset colours.  And we were not disappointed.

 

As the sun was setting behind the horizon, the grass and surrounding rocks were basking in its golden rays. 

 

And then the colours started to change before our eyes.  The clouds got a beautiful pink reflection from the setting sun and the moon was already quite high up in the sky.  It was happenning so quickly, we didn't know which way to turn first to take a picture.  On one side was the moon with beautiful pink clouds, on the other a setting sun with orange and red glow surrounded by rain clouds.  We just kept snapping away like crazy.

The next morning when we woke up, the sky was covered with clouds but we didn't mind as it gave the landscape a new perspective.  The dramatic clouds combined with a vast landscape in front of us were excellent conditions for landscape photography.

Other points of interest around Twyfelfontein are Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.  After seeing images of the Organ Pipes on the internet before, we were a little bit disappointed by how small they were.  We imagined they would be much bigger than they are in reality.  We also drove to the Burnt Mountain which is only a couple of kilometres up the road from the Organ Pipes but were so disappointed that we didn't even take a picture of it.

Rock Art  

 

The largest and most important rock art concentration to be found in Africa can be found in Twyfelfontein. The area has over 200 sandstone blocks that contain over 2500 petro glyphs of different styles.  Rock engravings are mostly found in the open air, on hillsides and valley floors. Artworks at Twyfelfontein are thought to date between 2000 and 10000 years.

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