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Twisted trees of Marienfluss

I was emailing with a friend today, he mentioned how he was impressed that I’ve managed to keep my blog posting up while starting the new job. I said it kind of feels like it’s on autopilot at the moment. Most of the posts haven’t been very substantial, I try to put a bit more thought into what I am writing rather than the few words I’ve been writing recently. This blog is about my photos, I have loads of things I would like to write about and share, but writing takes time, sometimes quite a bit. Like everyone else I am very much bound by the limitations of time.

Hopefully over time I will manage to adjust my time and be able to turn off the autopilot to spend more time doing this. For now though I will happily take the autopilot assistance in helping me share photos.

This photo is from one of those wonderfully remote places that is just peaceful and beautiful.

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Road to Civilisation

Believe it or not this track is marked on most maps of Namibia, if you follow it for about 2 days you’ll end up on a tar road. This is close to the top of the Marienfluss, at the top of the valley there is the Kunene river which forms a natural border with Angola to the north, you can’t go any further, there aren’t any roads along the river. The only way in and out of this valley is a couple of very bumpy steep tracks through the hills to the east, one is too steep to drive up, or you drive the length of the valley on this sandy track. If anyone is going to Namibia this is a must see, however I must insist that you don’t do it alone with one car!

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Mangled Tree

I have to admit I like seeing what nature does to things. Be it man made structures or objects of the natural kind. This sandy area of the marienfluss was covered in these short trees that had very few leaves and were all bent in the same direction, obviously years of the wind blowing has made them grow this way.

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Desolate Fluss

I’d been to the Marienfluss in the north of Namibia a few years before I took this photo. The biggest surprise was the lack of any vegetation on my return. The first time I visited it was full of golden grass and springbok, ostrich and oryx were dotted all over the valley. Due to the drought the locals have had to use the land to keep their cattle alive. I hope the drought ends soon.

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Marienfluss

In the very north of Namibia is a place that isn’t visited by many tourists, you have to be a little daring to go there. There aren’t any petrol stations for hundreds of kilometres, this track is the main road.

It’s a wonderful place and I’ll be there soon with some of the best company I can think of.

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