Nature that has been largely untouched by man becomes art says photographer Jurgen Wettke. He shares some of the spellbinding images from his latest book The Namib Desert – Art Structures, Colors with us

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The degradation of carbonate scree and local lime creates theses fantastic colours in the Namib Desert.

 

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The Sossusvlei sand dunes have a sandstone base that is due to the underlying pre-Cambrian mountain range. So unlike wandering dunes, these dunes may change shape, but their position stays the same.

 

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Even though the Namib desert is a harsh landscape, some of the trees in the Namib desert have managed to survive for more than 500 years.

 

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As you approach Sossusvlei, the rocky landscape of the Naukluft Mountains yields to the yellows and rusty reds of the sandy sea in the Namib-Rand Nature Reserve. While the desert is vast, people are only given access to a few dunes in the national park.

 

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An oasis at Conception Bay near the Atlantic coast. The area is famed for diamonds, humpback whales.

 

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The Namib Desert – Art, Structures, Colours by Jurgen Wettke (teneues.com), Euro 59.90

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