January 3, 2016

“Island of Silence and Heat”

Photograph by Carsten Krüger, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Carsten Krüger submitted this otherworldly photo of Namibia’s Dead Vlei: withered trees anchored in a white-clay pan, standing in striking contrast to an intensely colored, towering sand dune. The trees have been there for hundreds of years, reminders of when river waters cooled and hydrated this now scorched earth. Krüger writes, “[It was] a surreal island of silence and heat … We hiked one lonely mile without navigation and maps to find Dead Vlei … [It was] a masterpiece of nature: abstract shapes and unbelievable bright colors.”

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22 comments
Giacomo Cecconi
Giacomo Cecconi

wow it seems like a painting, great color contrast and composition!

Janet Xu
Janet Xu

Wow! It's that hot! How can we stand such heat?

M. Pal
M. Pal

The trees stand as the sentinels of a world gone by. Absolutely Beautiful !

Carsten Krüger
Carsten Krüger

Thank you all for your inspiring comments and support! I'm honoured!

sujil soman
sujil soman

lovely composition.surreal is an understatement.

Chris Butler
Chris Butler

Simple and beautiful great contrast in colours with abstract shapes great pic!

Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith

Minimalist, russet colored sand really sets the whole thing off. 

Once again
Once again

I like how this photo appears in layers of colors. sky,two layers of sand  and then trees and white  so arranged.

Amit Roy
Amit Roy

shade and colour combination is awesome!!


Sandro Reis
Sandro Reis

I would love to know where It was shot!

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

@Sandro Reis Sandro the location is already listed in the paragraph as Namibia’s Deadvlei


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