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Images Dated 20th December 2009

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Shadows from the dead Camel thorn Acacia trees fall onto the ancient clay surface of Deadvlei at sunrise. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia Featured 20 Dec 2009 Print

Shadows from the dead Camel thorn Acacia trees fall onto the ancient clay surface of Deadvlei at sunrise. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Beautiful shadows from the dead Camel thorn Acacia trees fall onto the ancient clay surface of Deadvlei at sunrise creating a beautiful array of stark contrasts against the red sand dunes towering in the background. The clay pan of Dead Vlei was formed after rainfall when the Tsauchab river flooded creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed these camel thorn (Acacia) trees to grow. The climate eventually changed and drought hit the area. The large red sand dunes eventually encroached on the pan which blocked the river from the area eventually causing the trees to die

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Dead trees and sand dunes in blistering hot sunlight at Deadvlei, Sossusvlei Salt Pan, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia Featured 20 Dec 2009 Print

Dead trees and sand dunes in blistering hot sunlight at Deadvlei, Sossusvlei Salt Pan, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

The iconic Deadvlei in the Namibian desert is truly a special place on this planet. I had woken at 4am this morning and was first in line waiting to enter the national park of Sossusvlei Namibia. Upon arriving at the parking area I then proceeded with a long tiring walk in soft dune sand to arrive at Deadvlei which is nestled in between some very large dunes. The sight is quite spectacular yet almost ghostlike and being the first person there I had plenty of time to size up an area I had seen so many photographs of over the years. The textures, shapes and constrasts are indeed quite something and I decided to try something different with this image. I waited until the sun was a bit higher to achieve what I had in mind. I specifically wanted to express in an image the feeling of being in the desert under the blazing african sun with not a drop of water in sight. This was taken at 9am in the morning and the mercury was already approaching 30 Degrees Celsius. Image taken with a Nikon D3s, Nikkor 14-24mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/22. Raw and Processing adjustments included Exposure, Vibrance/Saturation, Noise Removal, Curves and Sharpening

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GM1E5CK1L8401 Featured 20 Dec 2009 Print

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful during the Angelus prayer from a windows of his private apartment at the Vatican December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)

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