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Climbing Big Daddy Dune, Namibia

Sossusvlei, with it’s massive red dunes and bleached salt pans, is Namibia’s most recognizable landscape. Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area and one of the highest dunes in the world, towers over the surrounding dunes at 325m (1,066ft). Extremely high heat and perpetually cloudless skies makes for an extraordinarily arduous 2 hour trek to the top, however climbers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Click on any image to open Hi-Res copy.

Approaching Big DaddyExtreme temperatures and long travel time to the dune mandates a very early predawn start to the trailhead. To grasp the scale of the dune, click on the above image to open a larger image, and look for the specks of people over our heads that have started up the ridge.

 

Starting Ascent

10 minutes down, almost 2 hours to go.

 

Dune Ridge

Windswept ridge.

 

Big Daddy Ridge

Almost to the summit, but about to get sandblasted by heavy winds.

 

BD View

Epic views of the Deadvlei and surrounding landscape.

 

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Dunes of Sussusvlei

Sossusvlei Dunes

Light patterns on the Sossusvlei dunes, Namib desert, Namibia


Winds on Sossusvlei

Winds on Sossusvlei

Wind patterns on the Sossusvlei dunes, Namib desert, Namibia


Sossusvlei Sandstorm

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, consisting of a salt and clay pan and surrounding massive red dunes, is located in the Namib Desert, and is the worlds oldest desert. It is where the dunes join together to prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing any further towards the Atlantic, however the river very rarely reaches this arid pan. Walking over the windswept Namibian pan at the beginning of our first climb to the dunes felt as if we were walking on Mars during a sandstorm.


Namibian 4 x 4

Kalahari Ferrari

Namibia, Southern Africa – 2017

Spring of 2017 found my family heading off on an epic bucket-list journey through the wilds of Namibia in southern Africa. Traveling with Southern Cross Safaris, we planned to spend two weeks on backcountry safari, sleeping in tents and utilizing their custom-built “Unimog” off-road vehicle to penetrate deeper into the  bush then normally travelled. What follows is a few (lots) of my favorite images from the trip, which were whittled down from the more than 3000 images I captured. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

We start with a shot of a Namibian donkey cart, or Kalahari Ferrari, the quintessential Namibian 4×4 form of transportation seen throughout southern Africa. These fellas bid adieu to us as we left the paved roads a little over an hour into the trip, and for the better part of the next two weeks.

 


Hjo Harbor Lighthouse, Sweden

Hjo Harbor Lighthouse

Long exposure shot of one of my favorite photo targets, Hjo Harbor Lighthouse on Sweden’s second largest lake, Lake Vättern. Click on photo to enlarge.


Street Art, Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn, NY

 

Bushwick is a working class neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Bushwick Collective is an outdoor gallery on the streets of Bushwick that was founded in 2012 by Joseph Ficalora, a local resident who gets owners to donate space on buildings for street art. The Collective now attracts artists from around the world as well as legendary NYC artists and local Bushwick artists. The collection is temporary, with the average mural lasting up to 12 months before being replaced. Here are a few photos of the art taken during my visit in the fall of 2016. Each image can be clicked to enlarge.

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Lonesome Mist

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Matterhorn Sunrise Over The Gorner Glacier

Matterhorn

Sunrise warms the majestic Matterhorn (4,478 meters /14,692 ft) over the Gorner Glacier, the second-longest glacier in the Alps. This is the view that rewards you after completing the arduous trek over the glacier to the new Monte Rosa hut. I took this picture in 2010 after having made the trek to the hut with my wife and father.


Hjo Harbor Lighthouse, Sweden

Hjo Lighthouse

Sunset over harbor lighthouse in Hjo, a small picturesque Swedish town on the western shores of Sweden’s Lake Vättern.