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Star Photography and a Ghost Town …

Brendon’s News from the Namibia Landscapes & Wildlife Photo Tour …

On our first morning we arrived at Windhoek where we spent night before we departed after breakfast the next morning for our drive to Keetmanshoop. The drive was smooth and we arrived at our destination safely.

After we checked in at the Lodge, freshened up, and had a bite to eat we went to the Quiver Tree Forest in time for sunset. The trees are such a unique and interesting shape and they make for interesting, impactful photographs. Rock Hyraxes scurried around and sat on rocks to capture the last of the sun rays. We remained until after sunset and only then returned to the Lodge for dinner.

Well after sunset, when it was really dark outside we returned to the Quiver Tree Forest to photograph the magnificent, glittering stars. I know the stars here are always magnificent to see but this time they just seemed to be extra bright, extra radiant and our photos show that. I know what writers mean when they say that the Milky Way blazed across the sky.

It was so phenomenal that we remained from around 20:00 until well after midnight.

The next morning we were back in our vehicle after breakfast and drove through to Luderitz where we arrived in time for lunch.

In the afternoon we wanted to visit some local sites like the Kolmanskop Ghost Town, but the wind blew at almost a gale force, so we returned to the hotel. Not only was it quite unpleasant to be beaten and stung by the sand and the wind, the dust storm is very damaging to cameras.

This morning we headed back to Kolmanskop where we arrived before sunrise. Wow, the ghost town is certainly eerie at that time of day. Strange shadows loomed everywhere. Photography during the blue hour and then later during the golden hour was fabulous.

Now we are having breakfast before we return to Kolmanskop, but not for very long as high winds are predicted again for this afternoon …

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