Description Sossusvlei, set out in the middle of Namibia's arid interior, is a literal sea of sand. The sand dunes are some of the largest in the world, and the desert is considered the oldest on earth. The sand is 'burnt' orange, a result of oxidization from iron in the sand. The older the dune, the brighter the colour. This is 'Dead Vlei', a hardened clay pan surrounded by some of the tallest dunes in the world. Hundreds of years ago it was formed when the Tsauchab river flooded, allowing the growth of Camel Thorn trees. Over time, the river changed course, and drought set in. These trees are believed to be around 900 years old, but it is so dry that they do not decompose. Their gnarled black branches stand out brilliantly against the cracked, white clay pan, and the incredible orange of the sand dunes. An incredible place to visit, but not one to forget sunscreen or water.
DJ Church, Global Nomad Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement At the tender age of 33 when one's mind turn to thoughts of houses in the suburbs, little tykes running through the sprinkler, and job security, my mind malfunctioned. So here I am - no job, no house, I hope to God no kids, a backpack and a plan, sort of. That plan? TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! I mean, TRY TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD. (Damn, might have tipped my hand on that one.)
I'm now two and a half years and counting traipsing around this planet of ours, and doing my best to understand, write about, and photograph it. So far I've traveled from the Middle East through Africa (Turkey all the way to Cape Town South Africa), India and Nepal, and South East Asia. You can follow my journeys at www.travelpod.com/members/djchurch
Here, you can buy some of my best shots. My photography has been featured in the Halifax Daily News (a Canadian newspaper, now sadly defunct), and on web sites such as www.travelpod.com.
Please come explore the world with me. Drop me an email anytime for questions, requests, or anything else on your mind.