cheetah at farm kanaan | namib naukluft park | namibia 2015 www.wehrmann-photography.com
This photo was shot after the feeding of cheetahs at farm Kanaan. These Cheetahs are not free but still wild. They were raised the first couple of month of their life among humans before they came under the guardianship of farm Kanaan. These Cheetahs cannot be returned to wilderness as they will always be attracted to humans and most Namibian farmers will simply shot them if they hunt there animals. For that reason these four Cheetahs life in a huge fenced area with their own red sanded dune. I had the opportunity to be a part of a feeding and joined happily the gamekeeper and the two volunteers. It was a marvellous experience to come this close to four of the beautiful creatures, who are very intelligent and very curious. Farm Kanaan is a lovely place to be, not only because they are protecting the area and the animals as part of the amazing Namib Naukluft Park area.
dead vlei sossusvlei | namib desert | namibia 2015 www.wehrmann-photography.com
This photo of the Dead Vlei as part of the Sossusvlei was shot close after sunset as the first stars appeared at the Namibian sky. For this shot I left my camera for the whole night at the Dead Vlei, because you are not allowed to be at the Sossusvlei after sundown. The park entrance gate closes one hour after sundown and from Sossusvlei and the way back takes at least an hour by car. Therefore I dropped my camera in the Dead Vlei, programmed everything for some nice milky way shots with dunes in the foreground and forgot to adjust the ISO. With an ISO of 100 I got exactly the rest was either black or white. However nobody is perfect and at least I have an excuse to visit this beautiful place again.
The Namib is a coastal desert and the oldest desert on earth. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means „vast place“. The Namib is almost completely uninhabited by humans except for several small settlements. The Namib’s aridity is caused by the descent of dry air of the Hadley Cell, cooled by the cold Benguela current along the coast. The photograph was shot during a scenic flight from Swakopmund. Our aircraft was an old lady - a 1964 Cessna – the typical aircraft in the region. Every flight in low height in Africa is always a marvelous experience and a Namib flight is a once in a lifetime experience…