About 800 years ago the slow encroachment of the massive sand dunes at Sossusvlei cut off the water flow to a small group of camel thorn trees. The environment is so dry that when the trees died, they did not rot, but simply dried out and are still standing in in a salt pan, surrounded by some of the largest sand dunes in the world. I got to spend two mornings shooting here before the heat chased us away. The sketch was a very quick one of a live camel thorn tree at the campground where we stayed, an hour's drive away from the photo location. It is hard to describe the beauty of this place, even when we were there; the searing heat and salty dust could not shake the feeling of being in a dream.
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