A dessicated tree in the Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia

The Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia is one of the most incredible and memorable landscapes I’ve ever encountered.  The Dead Vlei is a dried out clay pan where the parched earth resembles bleached cobblestones worn shiny by the blistering heat and the sand-filled shoes of tourists.  Emerging from the cracked earth the scorched black skeletons of 900 year old camel thorn trees are sillhouetted against a horseshoe of rich rust dunes – the tallest in the world.  What I love about this photo is the nest as a symbol of life against a backrop of  bone dry dust and heat.