Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – The rusty ruins of an old oil drilling rig next to Highway C34 in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Despite its scary, adventurous name, a drive through Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park is not too exciting. Basically, the park is a desert that stretches from the coast far into the mainland. And the highway, the C34, follows the coastline. Unfortunately, you rarely get close enough to the coast to actually see the Atlantic Ocean.

Having said that, the route still has some extremely attractive spots like these ruins of an old oil drilling rig that just rest next to the highway. There are ship wrecks and bird reserves along the route as well.

I like this image because of its bizarre theme – an oil drilling rig that had tumbled long ago and noone has ever cared to remove it – and because of the orange and brown color dominance. It’s really a “not from this world” kind of photo.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time02-DEC-2006, 13:42
LocationSkeleton Coast National Park, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/400 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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