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German Photographer Arno Dietz shares a collection of his photographs taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes in the southern part of the Namib Desert. The name ‘Sossusvlei’ is of mixed origin – vlei is the afrikaans word for ‘marsh’, while ‘sossus’ is nama for ‘no return’ or ‘dead end’.

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© Arno Dietz


This area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color, a consequence of a high percentage of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish color. These dunes are among the highest in the world and the best time to view them is close to sunrise and sunset, when the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

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Sossusvlei’s striking, surrealistic landscapes make it one the most photographed places in Subsaharan Africa.

View more of Arno Dietz’s photographs from Namibia here

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