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.

Red gold #4

Red gold #4

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in June 2015.

This was my second visit to Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert. This is one of my favourite places that I’ve visited in the world! The colours, light and shadows are truly spectacular.

As with my first trip, we travelled down the paved road just before sunrise and watched as the sun came up, bathing the dunes in light, casting interesting shadows over their shapes.

Red gold #5

Red gold #5

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in June 2015.

This was my second visit to Sossusvlei - the giant sand dunes of Namibia's Namib desert. This is one of my favourite places that I’ve visited in the world! The colours, light and shadows are truly spectacular.

As with my first trip, we travelled down the paved road just before sunrise and watched as the sun came up, bathing the dunes in light, casting interesting shadows over their shapes.

I particularly liked this photo as you can see someone has walked in the sand towards the dune. No one is visible now; just their footprints.

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.

Guarding the sanctuary

Guarding the sanctuary

Taken at the Temple of Philae in December 2014.

I’ve now been to this amazing temple twice, and it continues to impress. Not only is it a wonderful temple, it is an engineering feat - having been rescued from beneath the water of Lake Nasser and reassembled on dry land.

This is the entrance to the main temple, being guarded by a rather smiley chap. Think he was hoping for some money!

A door with a view

A door with a view

Taken at the Temple of Philae in December 2014.

I’ve now been to this amazing temple twice, and it continues to impress. Not only is it a wonderful temple, it is an engineering feat - having been rescued from beneath the water of Lake Nasser and reassembled on dry land.

This is a beautiful archway / door that looks onto rocks and water outside the temple. This is also the wall that has the last known example of written hieroglyphs in Egypt - apparently!

A doorway of shadows and light

A doorway of shadows and light

Taken on Elephantine Island, Aswan, Egypt in December 2014.

There are a number of ruins at the south end of Elephantine Island in Aswan. This was part of a larger construction but I really liked the way the columns cast shadows on the floor, with the Mausoleum of Aga Khan seen on the hill in the distance.