Deadvlei Abstract #1
This photograph, made in early morning while the foreground was still in shadow, shows the striking silhouettes of dead camel thorn trees against the ocher colored sand dunes of the Namibian desert. The colors in this image are actually found at the site; they have not been "enhanced" in post processing!
The white clay pan known as the Deadvlei ("Dead Marsh") is found in the Namibian desert among some of the tallest sand dunes in the world - over 1,300 feet high.
The clay pan was formed long ago during river floods in a much wetter climate period, when there was also enough water for the camel thorn trees to grow.
The climate changed, drought hit the area, sand dunes began to move in, and the trees died.
Incredibly, the trees are estimated to be 700 - 900 years old! They are not petrified; the climate is so dry that they do not decompose.
The wonderful compositions found here make it worth the effort required to hike up, over, and down the sand dunes to reach the Deadvlei!