Boring offline life having claimed my attention recently, I'm only now finally getting to sit down and fully enjoy this stunning thread. Truly, I had to shove my eyeballs back in their sockets in order to be able to type a reply!
I don't know where to begin to burble over all the interest and variety ~ the wide, evocative landscape shots or the mind-boggling skies or the very informative text accompanying your excellent pictures. (I don't care which millionth person you were to snap the old cars ~ yours are the best! )
Highest marks for conveying an overall sense of the country, something I would have thought impossible in a thread about a brief visit to such a varied country. Your remark about reflexively viewing places as a possible resident caught my attention. I guess we all do that to some extent, but usually in a fairly light, daydreamish way when visiting someplace we really like. We're the lucky recipients of your looking harder and more critically. What is your verdict, pro or con, if it turned out you had to go there to live?
Looking up the thread, I see other anyporters have been accurately poetic about this amazing report, so I won't try to pile on more adjectives ... but WOW ~ what a treat this has been!
pee ess ~ what's the deal with the upside down hearts on the tombstones?
I read your last and then went through all the photos trying to find hearts on trombones. Couldn't find any then I thought I'd better read again more slowly.
Anyway, I think the upside down thing is something that has gone out of fashion but I think is fairly worldwide on older graves. "An upside down heart normally signifies death and is similar to the mortality emblem of the heart pieced by Death’s dart" so says one website. I'll have to keep my eye out for them but I did notice on my thread about the graveyard in Lusaka that there weren't any upside down ones - but they are relatively modern graves which adds to my conjecture.
Would I live in Namibia? Certainly. It is possibly my mostest favouritest country in the whole universe, and outside that as well. Mind you, I knew this from twenty years ago and as the landscape is timeless, my opinion has not changed.
I take your kind words to heart and I'll try harder to get better photos next time.
I can quite understand why this country is a favourite of yours Mark after reading this thread and viewing your photos. Its extremely beautiful and your photos are wonderful. The desert scenes in particular are outstanding. Thank you.
There is definitely something about the place that just hits the spot for me. I know there are some things individually that I like/enjoy, but it is when added together whatever it is seems magnified and has a greater effect. Difficult to explain but there it is.
Oh my, this was a nice trip down memory lane. Just like you, I enjoyed partaking in Solitaire's goodies and then photographing the cacti and the old abandoned cars. I love your pictures of Swakopmund, they really capture the place. Such an interesting sight to see, a quaint Germanic town lined with palm trees in the African desert.
I especially enjoyed revisiting Sossusvlei through your eyes. I'm impressed that you hiked to the top of Dune 45. I didn't, I just took a picture of myself starting up as if I were going to hike it. It sure looked daunting. Instead I visited Deadvlei at sunrise and later I hiked the smaller Big Mama. Great views up there.
Very enjoyable report. Catchy title, too. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the kind words. As you say, we see things from a different perspective. If you want a big dune, climb up Dune 7 near Walvis Bay - "Dune 7 in Namibia is the highest sand dune in the world. It's height from the base is 383m and is 570m above sea level." (Over twice as high as Dune 45)