Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More of Namibia: Dead Vlei

Dead Vlei, the dead valley, was once a green oasis, irrigated by a little stream, the Tsauchab river. Upon rainfal, little pools formed in the pan, allowing for the camel thorn trees to grow. However, wind and time built up a new dune, blocking the valley of any fresh water supply. The trees have become black skeletons, standing in stark contrast to the white clay ground, the red dunes and the blue sky.
Dead Vlei felt like a surreal place with those relics of another time...maybe it was the burning heat that added to this impression...the air was flimmering, even at 9 a.m..
Nonetheless, it is a simply beautiful and serene place....

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