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Photohunt: Covered

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei

This week's photohunt theme is covered. Okay, I admit. I had a lot of difficulty with this theme. I had a couple of ideas and finally decided to go with the idea of covered with sand - the sand dunes of the Namib desert in Namibia.

Visiting these dunes were one of the most amazing experiences. The Namib desert covers over 30,000 square miles along the coast of Namibia. Some of it is dry dusty gray. Some of it is rocky. And some of it is brilliant red-orange.

The red sand dunes are in an area called Sossusvlei. Getting there is an adventure. It was a 6 hour drive from Swakopmund along the coast. We stayed at a desert resort about 45 minutes from the gates. The best time to visit the dunes is at the early morning when the sun just reaches the dunes. We got up and made it to the gates when they opened at 7pm and rushed towards the most famous dune - Dune 45 which is 45km from the gate. We arrived about 8am and started our climb. I was amazed at how cold and soft the sand was early in the morning. We climbed to the top for the vista above - everywhere we looked - it was covered with red sand.

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei
Early morning sun shadowing the dune

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei
Climbing the dune

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei
Valley vista

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei
Our footprints down the side of the dune

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei
Farther up the Valley

Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei
Acacia Tree and Dune

Related post - Our drive through the Namib desert (Photohunt: Road)

Comments (17)


WOW! The vast sand-covered area looks magnificent!


These are gorgeous photos -- you may have had trouble with the theme, but I am so glad you shared these with us.

The dunes are so beautiful. I've never been anywhere like that and really enjoy your fantastic shots. Happy weekend.


Wow! These are beautiful photos, and a unique take on the covered theme. Great post! :)

Love those sand dunes and you definitely have this theme COVERED.

Wow, wow, wow. Yeah, you got this one covered.


all very beautiful!

Wow! your photos are stunning! Happy weekend


Fully covered with flowers



beautiful tour of this magic desert, thanks for sharing that today

have a great weekend.

Would not have known you had trouble with this theme - absolutely spectacular photos - you are so lucky to be able to have witnessed them in person and thankful you shared them with us. Great photography! M


So very beautiful -- and I'm glad you climbed the dunes rather than just drove about in/on them! :)

wow, those sand dunes are all captivating. i'm so glad you showed us.

WOW WOW WOW!!!!! Incredible photos!!

I visited White Sands in New Mexico years ago. Very cool to be in a place covered in sand. I would love to visit this place someday.

I had a hard time also with this theme. I was stuck on some sort of plant or vine covering something. Just when I was about to give up, I found my seal photos. Never would have though of sand but how obvious!

Amazing shots Marta - I never thought that a desert could be so colourful!

Have a great week.

I had a hard time with this theme as well, but I don't think my photo covered it as well as these did. What amazing photos and an amazing place. Its going on the list of places to visit!

Wow. I've never seen landscape like this at all. Just amazing. That second photo is so cool!

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