Tropic of Capricorn, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – The Tropic of Capricorn sign next to the C14 highway in Nambia. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Yesterday I posted an image of the Tropic of Capricorn point at the Kruger National Park in South Africa, pointing out that we had already crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, in 2006 on Namibia’s C14 highway.

Here’s the image. It is a completely different landscape, all rocks, with just small bushels of (dry) grass here and there. We were enroute between Swakopmund and Solitaire, a petrol station, restaurant, super market, and B&B. We still had 50 Kilometers to go, and we kept our fingers crossed that our car would survive the distance. The road was very good – for 4x4s, but we just had a VW Polo sedan car which had a hard time coping with the deep lanes in the gravel highway.

Anyway, I like this image because of its simplicity. Blue sky, sand and rocks, and a nice, clean roadsign. Lots of copyspace. Nice.

By the way, recent images show that the sign has been almost completely plastered with stickers. Which looks interesting, in a way, and makes my image quite unique.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time04-DEC-2006, 14:22
LocationC14, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/320 sec at f/14
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4184 x 2789 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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