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Welcome to the first in our photographic series celebrating Earth Day.

Celebrated on April 22nd each year, this worldwide event is a demonstration of support for the protection of the diverse environments that blanket our planet.

The notion of a day to honour the Earth and the concept of peace was first proposed at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. With the inaugural event held the following year, the celebration has grown into a global event marked by millions of individuals, faculties and commercial entities.

EARTH DAY FOCUS – THE NAMIB

As a landscape photographer the natural environment is consistently the subject of my focus, and so in my mind there’s no better way to celebrate the great riches of the world we inhabit than by capturing the varied locations I visit on film.

Throughout the month of April I will be publishing articles that celebrate the diversity of terrain and vibrancy of life on our little blue planet, and I’m thrilled that 2014 SATW Photographer of the Year Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere is helping me to kick start our Earth Day features.

Reaching out to Gary I asked him the question;

Where is your favourite place on earth?

From a wind swept island in the South Atlantic Ocean came the most inspiring of replies…

Intro authored by Benjamin Jones

CAPTURING NAMIBIA

I have always found deserts to be fascinating places and some of my favourite to photograph.

The incredible dunes in the Namib are unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else in the world. They are big and dramatic regardless of whether you view them from the ground or in the air. The challenge of shooting in the desert is the sand. It gets everywhere and it can cause problems with electronics, especially with sensors in digital cameras.

I found Namibia to be a much more diverse place than I expected.

I had the pleasure of meeting some people in Damaraland and some people in the German speaking community. I would love to return and meet some of the Himba people as well people from the other tribal groups in the country.

Greater Flamingos – Phoenicopterus Ruber

Oryx Antelope – Oryx Dammah

Sunset by the Kuiseb River

During our first night camping along the Kuiseb River, our campground was marked by the only tree we saw above the river bottom during our entire trip. I managed to get this shot of the tree just minutes before sunset.

My most memorable moment while shooting in the Namib was one in which I didn’t have a camera in my hand as it was when we drove down the Long Wall.

100m straight down a giant dune with the ocean at the bottom! I had my hands firmly on the dashboard holding on for dear life. As I later learned, no matter how large the dune, they have pretty much the same degree of steepness. Driving down a large dune isn’t that much different than driving down a smaller one.

The Vast Coastal Dunes of the Namib

Great White Pelicans – Pelecanus Onocrotalus

Cape Fur Seal Pup – Afro-Australian Fur Seal

To see more of my travel photography visit his travel photography portfolio.

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Has my photo essay inspired you to visit the Namib? Share your comments with me below.

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21 Responses

  1. Miranda from The Common Wanderer

    There’s something about that first image I just can’t look away from. What an extraordinary capture; there’s so much character in his face and it just seems to tell some of his story. Gary is a brilliantly talented photographer! Thanks for sharing guys 🙂

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  2. SagtMirNix

    Excellent pictures! Have been colse to Namibia a few years ago. It was amazing. I especially like the desert photos. Have you seen the ship wrecks? They are great photo motives.

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  3. crawlspaces

    If some one wants to be updated with most recent technologies then he must be go to see this web page and be up to date everyday.

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  4. Jenna

    Gorgeous photographs! My favorites are the one of the Oryx Antelope and the first one, but they are all so great. Love the earth day series!

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  5. Lizzie

    Absolutely amazing photography. Really captures every crinkle and wrinkle! Namibia is a country that I have wanted to explore for a long time, and I’m hoping I’ll have the opportunity to visit in the next couple of years… I’m ready to be blown away 🙂

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  6. World Travel Fiend

    Wow, amazing photos, always thought Namibia was just sand, sand & more sand – interesting to see it is so much more (although still a fair bit of sand obviously…)

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    • wanderinjon

      Amazing – I’ll be there this summer for almost a month. Cannot wait to get to the dunes, but will see so much diversity of culture and landscape, I can only hope to do it half the justice that you’ve shown here.

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  7. Sand In My Suitcase

    Gorgeous photos! That baby seal pup is too cute… We’ve visited South Africa and Zambia on safari, but we’d like to return to the African continent and hear that Namibia offers an interesting experience…

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  8. Jen

    Incredible photography Gary as always! It’s definitely somewhere I would love to visit to see the amazing wildlife and dunes.

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