Red gold #1

Red gold #1

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in September 2013.

We drove into the Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert - just before sunrise. I found it surprising that we were in the middle of nowhere, but there was a paved road cutting through the main dunes.

We watched as the sun came up and bathed the dunes in light, casting interesting shadows over their shapes.

An amazing place - full of light, shadow, colour, silence and above all, beauty.

Red gold # 2

Red gold # 2

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in September 2013.

We drove into the Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert - just before sunrise. I found it surprising that we were in the middle of nowhere, but there was a paved road cutting through the main dunes.

We watched as the sun came up and bathed the dunes in light, casting interesting shadows over their shapes.

An amazing place - full of light, shadow, colour, silence and above all, beauty.

Red gold #3

Red gold #3

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in September 2013.

We drove into the Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert - just before sunrise. I found it surprising that we were in the middle of nowhere, but there was a paved road cutting through the main dunes.

We watched as the sun came up and bathed the dunes in light, casting interesting shadows over their shapes.

An amazing place - full of light, shadow, colour, silence and above all, beauty.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Taken at Sosussvlei in the Namib Desert, part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia, in Sept 2013.

 

This is one of those special places. The light and colours are amazing. And if you get there early, when there aren't a lot of people around, the silence is complete. You can just enjoy the scenery and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the dunes.

 

The beginning of the day #1

The beginning of the day #1

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in September 2013.

We drove into the Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert - just before sunrise. I found it surprising that we were in the middle of nowhere, but there was a paved road cutting through the main dunes.

We watched as the sun came up - a breath-taking display of colour.

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The beginning of the day #2

The beginning of the day #2

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in September 2013.

We drove into the Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert - just before sunrise. I found it surprising that we were in the middle of nowhere, but there was a paved road cutting through the main dunes.

We watched as the sun came up - a breath-taking display of colour.

Dead Vlei series #1

Dead Vlei series #1

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Dead Vlei series #2

Dead Vlei series #2

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Dead Vlei series #3

Dead Vlei series #3

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Dead Vlei series #4

Dead Vlei series #4

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Dead Vlei series #5

Dead Vlei series #5

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Dead Vlei series #6

Dead Vlei series #6

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Dead Vlei series #7

Dead Vlei series #7

Taken in June 2015 in Dead Vlei, Sossousvlei, Namibia 

 

While the weather wasn't great, I spent a fantastic couple of hours in Dead Vlei one morning in June. It is a stark and atmospheric place - and one of the most memorable I've been to on my travels.

Hypnotic

Hypnotic

Taken at Swakupmund, Namibia, in Sept 2013.

The sea at Swakupmund was a thing to behold. These white foaming waves came crashing onto shore, relentless in their sound. I stood by the pier watching the waves for ages, memorised by the patterns the water made. I left only when the fog rolled in obscuring my view.

Hallowed halls #1

Hallowed halls #1

Taken at Ben Youssef Madrasa (Islamic college), Marrakesh, Morocco, in December 2004.

I spent a few days in Marrakesh in December 2004 - I didn't find the city hugely friendly, but the architecture was beautiful.

This particular building used to be an Islamic college but is now a tourist attraction. It was finished in 1565 but has been well preserved. This is the main courtyard.

Hallowed halls #2

Hallowed halls #2

Taken at Ben Youssef Madrasa (Islamic college), Marrakesh, Morocco, in December 2004.

I spent a few days in Marrakesh in December 2004 - I didn't find the city hugely friendly, but the architecture was beautiful.

This particular building used to be an Islamic college but is now a tourist attraction. It was finished in 1565 but has been well preserved.

This photo is taken from one of the dormitory windows, looking down into the main courtyard.

Menara Pavilion

Menara Pavilion

Taken at Menara Gardens, Marrakesh, in December 2004.

One of my favourite photos ...

It was afternoon when we arrived in Menara Gardens. It had been sunny but the clouds gradually drifted in so that there was only a little light showing over the Atlas Mountains in the distance. The water in front of the pavilion was so still that it perfectly mirrored the stormy skies above.