This artwork captures the strong early morning shadow lines of the dunes down to the patterned ripples the wind make in the sand. I took this picture when we climbed this dune. I can still remember the cool beneath my feet; knowing we have limited time to reach the top before the sun will heat the sand to the point of instant blisters. The Dunes of Sossusvlei shows a true landscape of contrasts. The orange landscape and blue sky are complimentary / opposite colours (creating the strongest contrast when placed next to one another). There is also a strong divide between the dark purple brown colours on the shadow side of the dune as opposed to the bright and misty orange tints on the sunny side.
This artwork Dooievlei (‘Dead marsh’ in English) is a clay pan close to Sossusvlein in the Namib desert. According to Sossusvlei.org (2016), Dooievlei “is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area.” They also mention that the trees are an approximate 900 years old, but that they have not decomposed due tot he dry climate. That explains why these trees are almost spooky in appearance with some of their roots partially exposed, their branch tips in awkward positions and there being no sign of life in or around them.
The whole scene is filled with contrasts – something typical of desert landscapes. The dune in the back has more life on it than the pan, as it is filled with small patches of grass. I guess the grass germinate somewhere along the dune, move with the sand as the wind blows it, right until they reach the bottom of the pan and settle there on its edge. The dunes itself, and the pan in the foreground, both have strong shadow lines that run across.
The original photo I used was taken during the early morning while I was hiking in the dunes back in 2014. I really enjoyed reliving my journey as I spent many hours working on Dooievlei. What a treat!
3. Red-Hot Dunes:
This artwork shows red-hot dunes that line the dry river bed of the Tsauchab as it ‘flows’ in the direction of Sossusvlei (a shallow depression). These sharp edged dunes create fascinating sand structures that can be viewed and admired from the road. Beyond these dunes lie a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast (Namibian.org, 2017).
When you look at this artwork you experience something of the timelessness of this ancient landscape. The intensity of the red sand found in the Namib clearly comes across as it absorbs and reflects the heat of the scorching sun. The strong curving lines of the sand dunes are highlighted by this early morning scene that shows the fine lien between purple shadows and the red hot orange sunrise side of the dune. On the edge of the dune one can see some green trees. The trees that are closer to the viewer are mostly dead as water is even more scarce further from the dunes edge. Small shrubbery, dry grass and a rocky sand landscape covers the rest of the foreground.
There is something captivating about these desert landscapes that keeps me returning to it. The blue skies, lines of contrast and intense ocher to orange-red colours are appealing to the eye. Have you been there? It is definitely something to see!
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