Dune 45, Sossusvlei (2008)

Well, this is the dune that everyone that comes here climbs and takes their pictures. There wasn’t Instagram back in 2008 though, and selfies wasn’t really a thing yet. Every time I walk up a sand dune I’m reminded how hard it is, and also how hot the sand can get. But that said, it really isn’t that hard. And I’m not in amazing shape or fit by any means. A bit of exaggeration for those who say its tough- Dune 45 is not an insanely tall mountain or anything like that everyone. But the Namib Desert that Sossusvlei is a part of, does indeed have the highest sand dunes in the world though (if I’m remembering correctly). Also, I think the dune has shrunk over the years – looking it up now I see different heights listed for Dune 45 compared to 2008….

The drive from the hotel to Sossuvlei was really nice, and was treated to a sunrise along the way. You do have to go a bit early to avoid the sand getting too hot.

Sun peeking out.
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Sometimes lens flare looks good…. Photo-shopped lens flare always looks bad though.
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Sand dunes starting to appear on the drive.
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Dune 45 getting closer.
Nikon D300, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR

I did say Dune 45 wasn’t like a massive mountain, but its still quite a big sand dune nonetheless. For reference here’s a picture with some hikers:

Two hikers
Nikon D300, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Beginning my climb
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8

I love taking pictures of sand dunes in the desert because the colors change so quickly and vividly depending on sunlight and the sun’s position.

Looking back from near the top
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8

The thing about traveling alone is you always have to ask someone else to take your picture. No selfie cameras on phones yet….

Just realize now I was dressed in desert colors
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8

Mini Bobo’s first appearance on this (new) blog!

Mini Bobo visit Sossuvlei
Nikon D300, AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Footprints
Nikon D300, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon D300, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6

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