July 7, 2014

Sands of Time

Photograph by Bonnie Flamer

Sand dunes spill through the doorway of a reclaimed home in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. Kolmanskop, formerly home to a diamond mine, was abandoned in 1954 after the precious mineral was depleted.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.


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38 comments
Kip Keino
Kip Keino

I told a S.African old man that I wanted to visit Namibia.  He responded, twice; "Why? There's nothing there!"  It's the kind of nothing I'm drawn to.

Yongmin Park
Yongmin Park

Desert

continue through the openning door.

jj j
jj j

scape in scape

FaerieQueen Hembree
FaerieQueen Hembree

Beautiful frame. I had an odd thought after studying the photograph and wondered if the sand inside the dwelling was cool.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Awesome picture but sad story..

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Not even a mouse track disturbs that sand.  It is truly abandoned, which is sad because ti looks to be restorable.  makes me want to get cleaning.  I love old things and especially old buildings.  They have so much presence, you can feel the lives that have been and gone.

Jessica Tuveson
Jessica Tuveson

Is there any way to order a print of this photo from the photographer?

V D
V D

Beautiful picture...has an idea ...great!

pala lechat
pala lechat

A very ghostly yet beautiful image and photo. The appearance seems incongruent as in a dream, unexpected, uncomfortable, terrifiying. The opened door that once framed lives now abandoned and yet inhabited by a powerful non-human occupant.

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

A land of dreams.


There's a magical

land where a

whisper of life

becomes the

beginning to

discover the light

that appears in

the youth.


Francesco Sinibaldi

Lourdes Maqueo
Lourdes Maqueo

Life is like  photography, with the footprints, and the years passing by,  congratulations is a perfect shot.

Gerrie Jordaan
Gerrie Jordaan

Beutiful shot of nature claiming the land back in Namibia.

Mayank joshi
Mayank joshi

 totally worth watching pic and caption too


Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

Totally amazing photo.  What a story and a pic.  Love the light, shadow, and composition.  The presentation is superb.  Cheers and congrats.

Marcel Kopera
Marcel Kopera

just a scene from documentary movie called Samsara

Meesam Ali
Meesam Ali

Saw this many times on "awesome pictures"......But great to see it again here on NATGEO.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Its not fun to have a beach in your home! But to find a diamond there would have been wonderful! Alas, its all sand, and no diamonds left to find. But the picture is something else. A shot worth taking and worth looking at.  j.e.s..........

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