Playing In the Namibia Sand

I had a choice. I could have slept under the stars on the roof of my room, but I just imagined what would happen when I tried to climb down the ladder in the dark to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. So, I just stayed inside in the very comfortable bed and slept. I woke up refreshed, feeling great and ready for the day’s adventures. Namibia and sand…what could be better?

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Marcelino from the Mosaic Sanctuary had told me about the amazing contrasts, but I was still shocked at the incredibly beautiful light play on the landscape…a photographer’s dream,

We were staying on the boundary of Sossusvlei. Here’s how they describe it on the website:

“Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.”

Sossusvlei is made up of the most incredible dunes I’ve ever seen. We have the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and earlier this year I visited the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The parks are both stunning and I highly recommend a visit to each one. But I’ve never seen anything like this. I am in awe of what God and thousands of years can create with sand and a little wind. Let me just say, “Wow!”

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Aravind and I kept asking Toni to stop the vehicle so we could take pictures and she graciously accommodated every request. I’m not sure the photos do the landscapes justice, but at least they provide a small glimpse. It was spectacular watching the constantly changing sunlight, shadows and colors. I wanted to capture every moment, but this was just the beginning of the day and we still had more to see…

jasteck

Thanks Tom. It was such and amazing place. I’m love going back through my photos. It reminds me of how much fun I had.

Kristi Campbell

Jennifer! Are you back? The photos of the sand dunes are incredible. They are so gorgeous that they almost look fake! I want to know more more more about your incredible trip. Clicking back now to see what I missed (and I don’t blame you for not sleeping on the roof – that might have freaked me out a little bit).

jasteck

Kristi,

I am back. It’s taken me some time to think through how best to present my trip. I was so overwhelmed and grateful that I couldn’t put it into words initially. The dunes were incredible. I could have stayed there all day just watching the light change. 🙂

jasteck

Thank you, Rena and Liv. I had such a fabulous time and I’ve been pleased with some of my photos. There will be many more added along the way. 🙂

jasteck

I’ve never seen sand so reddish orange, Dawn. Everywhere I looked was another amazing sculpture of line and shadow.

jasteck

You would love it, Karen. I’m sure Wendy would too. My plan is to go back one day. Maybe a girls’ trip? 🙂

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