Sossusvlei in Namibia is still one of the top destinations on my visits to Namibia. Every visit there yields a myriad of new photographic possibilities and opportunities. It’s a location that is hard to get bored with and the long tiring walks over soft dune sand always pay off with a special reward to take back home.
On this afternoon we had arrived late at Sesriem due to a flat tyre earlier in the day. It was a blistering 39 Degree Celsius and I barely had time to unpack the vehicle and get my wife into the room before I had to rush off to get down to Sossusvlei before sundown.
For those unaware, my wife is restricted to a wheelchair which makes getting her into places like Sossusvlei practically impossible. Our travels through remote locations like Namibia are filled with much bigger challenges than climbing dunes at Sossusvlei. Thankfully my photography helps her to see parts of the world she is not physically able to see anymore.
Arriving in Sossusvlei is always a special feeling, the dead quiet and isolation of the location is truly captivating and there’s a special energy that keeps calling you back for more.
I’ve always timed my visits to be when visitors are at an absolute minimum. This afternoon luck was with me again as there was merely 6 people around and earlier visitors in the day had left most of the big dunes untouched by footprints. If you can experience Sossusvlei when you are virtually alone, you’ll realise it’s one of those few locations on earth where the saying “Nobody can hear you scream” stands truer than ever.
Shortly after sundown, the first crescent moon appeared against the afterglow of the sunset. While sitting and sipping a sundowner with two fellow guests and our driver, I waited for the light to be just right before capturing this Moonscape of the Rising Crescent Moon over Sossusvlei. The subtle pastel tones of the Namib desert are well reflected in this image and it may find a place on my wall soon.