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WINGS OVER NAMIBIA

by

Jay Roode

Friday, 17 July 2015

Rising hundreds of meters off the desert floor, the ancient dunes of the Namib Nauklift National Park are unforgettable.
“After soaring high above the vast African continent, we feel blessed and privileged to be alive. We have seen landscapes that have left us breathless with their beauty, terrified at their expanse and lonely in their isolation. There is a certain stillness you find deep inside when viewing the wild open places of Africa from above…… great herds of buffalo, a lone elephant bull on an endless plain, marching dunes, dancing flamingo, the swirling and meandering Kavango and crashing waves on empty desert shores. It has been a journey and an adventure.”
Photographer Jay Roode, diary entry 15 May 2010.

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An ancient camel thorn tree, some say over 800 years old, stands at the tip of a river that once flowed; its shadow reaching out, it seems, to the life that could have been. Deadvlei.
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A herd of desert-adapted elephants wander across the baked landscapes of northern Damaraland.
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A tidal river on the Walvis Bay lagoon creeps inland with fingers of blue, bringing with it life.
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The Eduard Bolean – the shipwreck of an old Portuguese steamer that ran aground in 1908. The shadow almost seems more solid that the ship and is the only indication of what this vessel must have looked like in its heyday. Sperrgebiet coastline.
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Each year thousands of Flamingos flock to feed on the jet black brine pans south of Walvis Bay on the Sperrgebiet coastline.
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A truck makes its way across a sand corridor bordered by the luminous pink brine pans south of Walvis Bay.
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The Kunene River snakes its way across a landscape etched with the delicate pattern of forgotten pathways that it once took.
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A small family of Hartmann’s mountain zebras drink their fill at the aptly named Zebra watering hole late one afternoon in the Namibrand Nature Reserve.
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Where the icy Atlantic kisses the sun burnt shores of the Sperrgebiet. Here Conception Bay shimmers an emerald green in the midday sun.
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Alien landing spot? These are the remains of a discontinued Decca navigation system/Radar station. The grid pattern is a system of underground cables which were part of the operational system.
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It is seldom that this desert feels soft rain falling on its shoulders. Here the pans of Sossusvlei are filled with water after an unusual rainy spell.

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