Dead Tree, Sossusvlei, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – A dead tree stands next to a green tree in front of the giant dunes of the Sossusvlei area in Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

One might shrug and say: “This is just a photo of dead tree.” Factually, this is true.

Still, this photo is still quite special, if not unique, because it takes a lot of effort to get to the photo location. First, you have to fly to Windhoek in Namibia. Then you have to travel (usually by car) to Sesriem which is quite far away from Windhoek. Then enter the national park and drive all the way to its end (about 70 kilometers). And then you have to use the shuttle service offered by the locals to drive another 3 kilometers or so. And find the tree. 🙂

A lot of effort for just 1/160 seconds exposure time, eh?

But I think it’s worth it. Totally. The combination of living and dead tree in front of the giant orange dunes under a bright blue sky is unusual and highly attractive (at least, to me.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time06-DEC-2006, 10:33
LocationSossusvlei, Sesriem, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/160 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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