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Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namibia

As long as we’re doling out tons of AFAR love, I’ve been wanting to share with you my photos of the Sossusvlei Dessert in Namibia that I’ve posted for their “highlights”. The theme for these photo entries was “Top of the World”. Enjoy!

“I tried going through Nambia as a solo-traveler and found out that it’s very difficult to do. After hitching a ride from a honeymooning couple from Cape Town across the border into the Orange River region of southern Namibia, the hostel owner where we pitched for the night was alarmed that I didn’t have any on-ward plans other than continue being a third-wheel on a honeymoon or be stranded with him for a week or more before another tour bus came through. Luckily, a “Whichway Overland Adventures” bus arrived at the hostel that night, and he nudged me to ask the driver to joining them all the way to Victoria Falls, Zambia. It wasn’t routine practice to pick up passengers once the tour already departed, but after calling their head office and taking my credit card details, they allowed me to accompany them. I had already been to Victoria Falls, but since this was my only way to get through this vast and mostly barren country and the tour included the Okavango Delta which I was planning to do anyway, it turned out not to be a bad choice.

While I have a lot of scenic pictures of the stunning Sossusvlei Dunes, I decided to post one of my tour group since they literally saved me. I was on top of the world Thrilled that I could join them.

So my advice to solo-travelers is book an overland tour to go through Namibia. If you’re not alone, there are plenty of people who drive through the country with a rental car.”

“I am standing on top of the highest dune I managed to climb in the early hours just in time to watch the sun rise over these magnificent dunes. By just standing still and allowing the passing sun to paint the palette across the sand, I witnessed the transformation of colors around me from a soft ivory, to gold, to deep ochre. It was stunning and awe inspiring.

As I looked around me, the vista of dunes went on for as far as the eyes could see, broken only by the dry ancient river beds cutting through them, shining tiles of ancient clay. Beyond the dunes looking toward the west in this picture, my mind pictured the vast expanse of the Atlantic ocean. This setting lifted me up in a surreal form of levitation until I felt like I was literally on top of the world.

(For reference and scale, there is a group of people standing in the middle-right part of the frame.)”

“Wind, fire and water fashioned these dunes over millions of years, forming peaks up to 1,000 feet. Seasonal winds carried sand westward from the Kalahari desert, while the Benguela current from South Africa’s shores blew in sand off the Atlantic coast. These dunes are thought to be the highest in the world, and are some of the oldest on earth. Over time, changing winds shifted their growth and direction.

At Deadvlei, the dunes choked off ancient riverbeds, leaving behind 500 year old skeletons of Camel Thorn trees standing on sun-baked mud tiles. Towering over the gnarled starkness of these trees rise Crazy Dune, over 1,000 feet tall looking like a mountain constantly flowing down into the span of sun-baked clay below. How can the top of the world feel so liquid and unstable?

(For reference and scale, there is a person standing on the front dune ridge in the lower-left part of the frame.)”

And here are a few more of my favorites…

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207 comments on “Sossusvlei Dunes – Namibia

  1. evannavaleskasgedankenwelt
    June 16, 2012

    Hello I found your blog and I have sometimes read a little. Your pictures are really moving and left me with a really impressive ideas. They are really beautiful and awaken dreams longing to travel there once. Pressures you for your work, including travel fingers crossed for beautiful photos. And follow you today.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 17, 2012

      Hi. Thank you for visiting!

      • evannavaleskasgedankenwelt
        June 22, 2012

        Hi
        Your welcome =)

  2. Meg
    June 5, 2012

    definitely deserved the “freshly pressed” the photos are just gorgeous!

  3. proflightsimulatorr
    June 5, 2012

    I lived in Dubai a few years back and I’ve been on a desert safari and I have to say it was pretty fun riding up and down the dunes in a land cruiser. The best part was when you are way in the desert and its night time and you can see so many stars. Love the pix.

  4. xubobo
    June 5, 2012

    This is a mysterious place, also be full of challenges. Mygod! This is my dream place! Dear friend thank you let me see so beautiful place! I’m your Chinese friends

  5. lem
    June 4, 2012

    Lovely photos, thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Anthropology Gallery
    June 4, 2012

    You are a talented photographer, a humanitarian, and it looks like you live an adventurous life! Kudos to you!

  7. tabletalks
    June 4, 2012

    I admire you for what you are doing! Great pictures!

  8. Eva
    June 4, 2012

    Your photos are stupefyingly awesome. I’m glad to have had a glimpse of Namibia through this post.

    Best,

    Eva

  9. Meleas Travels
    June 4, 2012

    Namibia is one of my favourite places I have ever been. Sossusvlei was amazing. Me and my camera will definitely remember it, especially considering some of the sand still remains in my camera lens 4 years later. Cant wait to visit again.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 4, 2012

      Do you have photos from your trip? I’d love to see them.

      • Meleas Travels
        June 18, 2012

        I do. But most of them are on my hard drive back in Australia and I’m in Canada right now. I’ll see what I have with me and try to get some pics uploaded.

  10. Alan
    June 3, 2012

    awesome photos

  11. pinkchillies
    June 3, 2012

    Wow! Awesome pictures and amazing colors. You such did a great job.

  12. sarah
    June 3, 2012

    wow, is the sky really that blue? Amazing photos!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 3, 2012

      Yes! The air was so clear and it’s very close to the ocean to get the dramatic blue reflection.

  13. fadhlanmahbob
    June 3, 2012

    Love your photos! Looks like you’re having a great time there.

  14. Rohini
    June 2, 2012

    Awesome pictures! The sand dunes look beautiful!

  15. Faye
    June 2, 2012

    wow! beautiful pictures! maybe I can visit this place someday 🙂

  16. 100 Days of Summer
    June 2, 2012

    Inspirational. The blues are incredible. I’m completely excited as our next vacation will be to Colorado’s Sand Dunes National Park.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 3, 2012

      Ooooooh, I bet early morning or evening will be very dramatic there!

  17. allthingsboys
    June 2, 2012

    I feel like I e seen these pics of yours before. We’re they part of another post? They are beautiful pictures. I was just wondering if I was going crazy?

    • Wanderlustress
      June 3, 2012

      You’re not crazy. They didn’t exactly pick a “fresh” post to get Freshly Pressed. It was posted back in April.

      • allthingsboys
        June 3, 2012

        Oh! I didn’t realize! CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting!

  18. Richard McCargar
    June 2, 2012

    Amazing photos, and congrats on being freshly pressed.

  19. miojocamara
    June 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this high quality images. I can see the beauty of Nature and the ability of the photographer together. I spent two years in Tanzania, last century, je je je; but the land is very different: Lot of trees, etc. Unfortunately, I had not have a good camera at that time(I think digital did not exist) and the few photos I took, are lost. Thanks again. ,

    • Wanderlustress
      June 2, 2012

      Tanzania is another diverse amazing place. I spent a month bush camping into the western interior to Lake Tanganyika. Amazing country! Thank you for visiting my blog.

  20. Sofie Marklund
    June 2, 2012

    That last picture; very dramatic! Lovley job!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 2, 2012

      Thank you Sofie! The photo of the mud tiles is one of my favorites, too.

  21. anditfeelslike
    June 2, 2012

    the pictures just speak for themselves. lovely!

  22. reconnxtion
    June 2, 2012

    Great photos! I was lucky enough to visit Namibia many years ago but only saw part of the desert. Even though 40% of Australia is ‘desert’, we have nothing like those dune fields here. The Simpson Desert dunes are so, so different to Namibia!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 2, 2012

      I’ve only visited the coastal areas of Australia. Hope to see the desert there next time!

      • reconnxtion
        June 3, 2012

        Happy to give you some pointers on which parts to see.

  23. ubersurge
    June 2, 2012

    Having Climbed up the same exact dunes ourselves in the past ( more than once) we can truly agree that the scenery around there is spectacular

  24. viajedora
    June 2, 2012

    Wow, beautiful photos. 🙂

  25. avivi0000
    June 2, 2012

    Wow! Desert has always been a mystery for me,I really like the second picture,has something that is hard-to-descripe in it = =

    • Wanderlustress
      June 3, 2012

      Yes, that one is a mystery to me, too. I think it moves while I’m looking at it!

  26. thelongwalkhome2012
    June 2, 2012

    Love…Love…Love the photos! I was there last year and it was pretty much my favourite place. The dunes reminded me of my home in Australia and the colours are absolutely phenomenal. I have a photo of me jumping on the dead vlei with the dunes in the background. You are right about Namibia, very hard to travel alone, I also jumped on a tour from Cape Town to Vic Falls, although not my preferred way to travel it was a good way to find out what things to go back and visit one day.

  27. Anarya Andir
    June 2, 2012

    Incredible photos!!! The sad part of my life is that I went to high school in Zambia – spent some 6 years there, but I never managed to go to Namibia. Sigh. It’s like they say, when you’re a kid, then you have all the strength and determination, but no money. However, that said, I LOVE the photos! Just beautiful! However, now I feel worse that I didn’t visit Namibia when I was that close to it :(.
    Congrats for being on Freshly pressed!!!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 3, 2012

      Zambia is a wonderful country, too! Sometimes you don’t make a point to see the things closest to you. I’m so guilty of that myself. Thank you for visiting my blog.

      • Anarya Andir
        June 4, 2012

        Thanks for replying! Yes I guess we’re all guilty of that. But it does make a huge difference to be able to pay for such a trip yourself, without depending on your parents to pay for you.
        You have a great blog here! 😀

  28. ferreiragiovanni
    June 1, 2012

    Very nice the photos!

  29. αNaturist
    June 1, 2012

    so surreal! i dream of going there…

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Definitely go, although you’ll have to put something on to get through customs 🙂

  30. burningthecouch
    June 1, 2012

    Great photos. And suitably intrepid for a development worker! Thrilled to come across your blog, as I’m doing much the same as you. At the moment I’m up north in Morocco working with a local organisation on the establishment of a women’s livelihood project in Taroudannt, at the entrance to the Sous Valley. Haven’t made it to the desert yet, but incha’allah – Erg Chebbi is high on my list. Have you been?

    Briony (www.burningthecouch.wordpress.com)

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Hey! It’s nice to meet you! No I haven’t been to Morroco yet. One day…

  31. Kai @EmbraceYouMag.com
    June 1, 2012

    As awesome as these shots are i can’t imagine living out there

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      You are right. The reality is that it is a harsh life to live there. It is not very populated throughout much of desert lands of Namibia, although its pretty nice in the larger cities up north like Windhoek and Swakopmund is right on the ocean.

  32. JPanda
    June 1, 2012

    Breath taking photos! It must have been one ‘hell’ of a trip! 😀

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Thank you! Yes, my journey through Africa was very defining for me. I feel very fortunate to have done it.

  33. Kathy
    June 1, 2012

    Stunning photos! I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel through Namibia as my hubby spent about a decade of his life living there- we were lucky enough to do a little aerial tour of the dunes since a friend of his has a tiny little plane. Absolutely stunning! Your pics bring back memories of a great trip. Also – Wolvedans… beautiful rustic lodge if ever you travel back to Namibia again!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      The aerial tour must have been amazing! I did a balloon ride further north in Swakopmund that I posted here, http://wp.me/p2clok-6I, and it was awesome to see the desert AND the ocean! Thank you for visiting!

  34. silvachiqa
    June 1, 2012

    Wow what an awesome, beautiful blog you are hosting. I have never found anyone who had been to Namibia since I went there in 1984. We went to South/Southwest Africa, starting in Johannesburg and continuing through Windhoek, to Etosha Pan to see the animal in their early in the morning as the come to the watering holes, it was memorable. Thanks for the memories, even though you were in another region.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      I’m glad it brings back great memories for you. Your own itinerary recalls great memories for me, too. After Sossuslvei I continued to Windhoek, Etosha then off to the Okavango Delta….hmmmm, I should dig up those photos. Thank you for your comment.

  35. dilipnaidu
    June 1, 2012

    Lovely pictures and an interesting narration!
    Thanks for sharing.

  36. palechickstudios
    June 1, 2012

    Gorgeous Gorgeous Photos!! For the past few months images of Namibia have been popping up, and now I am even more determined to make it over there.. Thanks for sharing!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Thank you. Oh I really hope you do go. And come back and share!

  37. unpocorodriguez
    June 1, 2012

    Love the photos!

  38. Roshni
    June 1, 2012

    Amazing photos! Loved them! 🙂 Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      I cannot thank everyone enough for all the love here. Amazing!

  39. wanderfool
    June 1, 2012

    Oh what beauty in barrenness. Fantastic clicks.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Thank you. I love your name! And the way you are sharing Delhi with the world is wonderful!

      • wanderfool
        June 1, 2012

        Thanks so much for checking out my blog 🙂

  40. Carlie Chew
    June 1, 2012

    Wow! Beautiful.

  41. aFrankAngle
    June 1, 2012

    This desert is one that continues to amaze me. Thanks for sharing.

  42. palmtreelifestyle
    June 1, 2012

    This is one of the most amazing places I have been. I used to be a tour guide, and take our guests up there while it was still dark, with alot of moans and groans , but once the sun started to rise, and mother nature started to paint her colours, then everyone was very happy and smiling, watching the shadows move across the sand. Used to be one of the high lights of the trip, so glad you went!

    kind regards from http://allansjourney.com/

  43. Outstanding blog and images. Good work!

  44. ornitorinconano
    June 1, 2012

    Such a beautiful landscape deserves beautiful photos! I was amazed of the atmosphere, it’s so different from the ladscape of my town it seems another world!

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Thank you. Where is your hometown?

      • ornitorinconano
        June 1, 2012

        I’m from Italy, I live not so far away from Florence. I’ve never seen dunes in my life!

      • Wanderlustress
        June 1, 2012

        I would love to go to Italy. It has always been my dream to go to Italy for months if not years, and eat everything!

      • ornitorinconano
        June 1, 2012

        LOL

  45. Alyssa
    June 1, 2012

    Great shots and fantastic adventure. I love all the photos!

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  46. Chris de Villiers
    June 1, 2012

    Great photos! That’s my kind of country…

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Thank you Chris! People often ask if you’re a beach person or a mountain person. They should also add desert person, too, right?

      • Chris de Villiers
        June 4, 2012

        Absolutely! One cannot claim to love nature if one does not include the desert.

  47. Dreamz Infra
    June 1, 2012

    Great article.Thank you for sharing

  48. paintlater
    June 1, 2012

    Absolutely stunning, what a great mother to instil a love of the world! Safe Travels Cheers Sue

  49. vivilinh
    June 1, 2012

    such amazing photos!

  50. Sally
    May 31, 2012

    I love these pictures so much – they bring back great memories for me as I did an overland trip through Africa with Exodus about six years ago and Sossusvlei and Namibia generally was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Sitting on the knife edge of a sand dune, watching the sun come up and seeing the colours change from ochre to orange was breathtaking. I’m so glad you managed to get there….

    (PS I wrote a piece about the trip for my university course which is on my blog if you have a minute; but don’t feel obliged to take a look; I don’t want to come across as one of those shameless blog promoters!)

  51. caloniedoesart
    May 31, 2012

    Brilliant photos! Quite a trip, there…I need to do this!

  52. unsouthernbelle
    May 31, 2012

    These are gorgeous! Have you seen the book of Freeman Patterson’s photos of Namibia? This post was fascinating. I really like your blog name.

  53. robintheblog
    May 31, 2012

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photographs! The landscape is dry and barren but somehow they look gorgeous and really fascinating. It’s really great that you could be there.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 1, 2012

      Thank you Robin! I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to go to such a special place.

  54. luxaeternaimaging
    May 31, 2012

    Oh, I especially like the first photo after you wrote “and a few more of my favorites…” The movement in the dunes really brings the image to life.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Yes, the curves, peaks, and shadows of he dunes move with the passing of the sun and shifting winds. That’s why I described my experience of them moving almost like liquid. I was amazed.

  55. luxaeternaimaging
    May 31, 2012

    These photos are stunning, you have a good eye for natures beauty! And the rich colors 🙂 Thank you for sharing these!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      You’re welcome and thank you for leaving such an encouraging compliment!

  56. loveantoinette
    May 31, 2012

    Amaaaazzing photos!! Awesome post with useful advice for solo female traveler, being one =o) Enjoy the rest of your travels, looking forward to reading more about them!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      I’m glad it’s helpful and thank you for following my blog!

  57. zoetic * epics
    May 31, 2012

    STUNNING PHOTOS! so picturesque!!!

  58. theworldviastandby
    May 31, 2012

    The pictures are gorgeous! I would love to visit Namibia someday!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      It was very surprising to me to find these dunes. I had never heard about them until two months into my travels through Africa, I was in Cape Town and told me about them so I made it my next destination. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  59. danbacana
    May 31, 2012

    “…hostel owner where we pitched for the night was alarmed that I didn’t have any on-ward plans…” hehe!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Ha! HE didn’t think it was so funny, haha. Thanks for visiting!

  60. Anna
    May 31, 2012

    Great pics!
    It’s so creative, unique, imaginative. I Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  61. David
    May 31, 2012

    Namibia looks awesome. I really like your blog. I was wondering if you could check mine out. Come and see an 11 year old’s view on all things baseball. Please feel free to offer any advice.
    -David
    http://bleacherboy.wordpress.com/

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Thanks David! Your son seems amazing. He must be so fun at this age. My twins are 2.5 turning 7 and it’s hilarious!

      • David
        May 31, 2012

        What, I’m 11. what do you mean your son?

      • Wanderlustress
        May 31, 2012

        Eeek! I’m replying to comments too fast.

      • David
        May 31, 2012

        That’s alright 🙂

  62. Wandy Campelo
    May 31, 2012

    So wonderful! I loved the pics!

  63. 5th Grade Teacher
    May 31, 2012

    The brown and blue are hues are stunning. You’re brave for going it alone in Africa.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Traveling alone in Africa wasn’t really a choice. I was at a point in my life when I NEEDED to travel alone, and I needed to live my dream and that was Africa. I wrote a little about it here if you are interested, http://wp.me/p2clok-2R. Thank you for reading through my blog!

  64. juju
    May 31, 2012

    Aw I miss Namibia! ❤

  65. The colors are simply breathtaking. The air must be so clear there! It’s funny, because when people think of deserts they think they all look the same, but each desert is very different; for instance, the desert in Egypt (wait, that’s like the whole country basically, lol) looks nothing like this–I must say, Namibia is a site prettier!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Yes, so true. In the dessert movement of light, sand, and sky is so fluid it changes by the minute it seemed. Thank you for visiting!

  66. Matti387
    May 31, 2012

    Now I love Africa even more…

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      That’s GREAT! Africa is so diverse and awesome. I was lucky to get to 9 countries while traveling and returned to work in Sudan. So much more to see! Thanks for visiting!

  67. Robin Jean Marie
    May 31, 2012

    Congratulations! These truly are spectacular photos, and your accompanying words are wonderful and descriptive. Great post!

  68. triptracker
    May 31, 2012

    Was this once a lake? I love the shot of the shadow of the tree across the ground.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Yes, an ancient lake that drain west into the ocean. I had no idea how romantic the history of this land and these dunes would be!

  69. clairvoyanceschool
    May 31, 2012

    So colorful and elegant!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      The lines ARE elegant, aren’t they? Even with the craggy ancient trees. Thanks for visiting!

  70. meanwhilein3
    May 31, 2012

    Reading your blog is like taking a vacation 😉 thank you for taking me to a land far far away.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Writing my blog is like taking a vacation (from the planning, packing, studying…). So glad to have you join me!

  71. Dounia
    May 31, 2012

    Wow, gorgeous photos and the colors are so stunning! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Thank you Dounia. Mother nature paints the best canvas for us to capture!

  72. The Retiring Sort
    May 31, 2012

    Some of these shots are other-worldly. Great post – and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!! 🙂

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      It was a totally other-worldly kind of place. Thank you for being so supportive of my blog!

  73. Alex Jones
    May 31, 2012

    I can imagine going alone through Namibia could be quite dangerous.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Not sure if it is as dangerous as it is just vast, not too many pit stops along the way to hook up with buses etc. Thanks for visiting!

  74. girly96
    May 31, 2012

    It is so beautiful, and the colours are wonderful!

  75. willtravelwithkids
    May 31, 2012

    Congrats on being fresh pressed!! You were one of the very first people to read and follow my blog, so I’m a bit partial to it. The Namibia photos are spectacular. The lighting is deserts lends itself to many creative photo opportunities. Definitely put one on canvas, as you suggested. All the best!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Many thanks. I love your intrepid adventures, in parenting and traveling! I can’t say enough about how inspiring you all are!

  76. livvy30
    May 31, 2012

    The colours are amazing!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Yes, I was amazing at how the colors changed as the sun rose, a different hue every five minutes!

  77. Marc Winger
    May 31, 2012

    It’s so desolate that it’s beautiful. There’s something in the color of the dunes that has a calming effect. Great pics.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Thank you Marc. It also felt much more “alive” than I expected. There’s a movement that is undetectable.

  78. hannele
    May 31, 2012

    marvellous! thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  79. juststartwithmonday
    May 31, 2012

    Amazing! I love that WordPress allows you to “travel” to countries that you would probably never see. You are a brave traveller to even think of doing this alone. Keep sharing for all the world to see. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  80. Two Troublesome K9s
    May 31, 2012

    Wow, looks rather amazing!

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Thank you! I don’t know why but it surprised me that deserts are such stunning places to photograph…and visit!

      • Two Troublesome K9s
        May 31, 2012

        It must have something to do with their starkness and sheer beauty!

  81. Katie Raspberry
    May 31, 2012

    Very Brilliant! It’s such a different feel when there’s hardly any plants around (coming from a Canadian) 😉

    Katie
    http://katieraspberry.wordpress.com/

    • Wanderlustress
      May 31, 2012

      Thank you Katie! It’s a very barren landscape but so surreal and alive.

  82. Karl
    May 31, 2012

    Freshly pressed! Nice work 🙂 Looks like a great place too! Insane scale!!

  83. andreasherrodd
    April 23, 2012

    The colors on your photos are amazing–they look like paintings!

    • Wanderlustress
      April 23, 2012

      Thanks! I’ve been meaning to get them printed on canvas for years. I might just do it now.

  84. Alaska Girl at Heart
    April 22, 2012

    Stunning photos!

    • Wanderlustress
      April 23, 2012

      I’m glad you like them. It’s a stunning place, from every angle.

  85. allthingsboys
    April 22, 2012

    I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award! Check out this link:http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/the-sunshine-award/

  86. Karl Chapman
    April 22, 2012

    Stunning images, great site

    • Wanderlustress
      April 22, 2012

      Thank you Karl! I love your walk at Leven shot, so dramatic yet simple but compelling, too.

      • Karl Chapman
        April 22, 2012

        thank you! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  87. allthingsboys
    April 22, 2012

    Madhu, Thank you so much for bringing this part of the world to me! It is so beautiful–your photos are amazing! Keep them coming!

    • Wanderlustress
      April 22, 2012

      Hi, thanks for stopping by but did you mean to comment on Madhu’s theurgetowander.wordpress.com?

  88. Tricia A. Mitchell
    April 22, 2012

    Such dramatic scenery & stunning photos – reminds me of the sand dunes at Mui Ne, Vietnam, where sledding is popular. 🙂 When we were there earlier this year, we had to give it a whirl!

    • Wanderlustress
      April 22, 2012

      Thank you Tricia! I’d never heard of Mui Ne. There was sledding at Sossusvlei, too, but I opted for the balloon ride instead. Sounds fun!

      • Tricia A. Mitchell
        April 22, 2012

        The view from above must have been extraordinary…

        I saw that you are headed to Laos – how exciting! It’s one of my favorite spots in Southeast Asia. My husband and I spent a few weeks there earlier this year (Phonsavan, Luang Prabang, Vientiane). I liked it so much in 2009, that I had to show it to him too. I miss the warm smiles of the Laotian people as well as the beautiful architecture. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

      • Wanderlustress
        April 22, 2012

        Yes, it was. I posted about ballooning here if you’re interested http://wp.me/p2clok-6I. Do you have pictures of Mui Ne on your blog? I couldn’t find them.

      • Tricia A. Mitchell
        April 22, 2012

        I just checked out your ballooning post and commented there – what a delight to see! Thanks for sharing the link.

        The Mui Ne link is tucked away under the Travelogues tab:
        http://triciaannemitchell.com/2012/01/15/anarabesqueeeveningsleddingonvietnamesedunes/

  89. travelladywithbaby
    April 22, 2012

    These are truly breathtaking!

    • Wanderlustress
      April 22, 2012

      The place truly took my breath away. I was only in the dunes for one brief morning and yet I’ve gone back to these images year after year.

  90. Madhu
    April 22, 2012

    Ohh, the colours! Just awesome!

    • Wanderlustress
      April 22, 2012

      Hi Madhu, it is a photographer’s dream. The light, colors, terrain, details, just stunning.

  91. Expat Alien
    April 22, 2012

    Very cool photos!

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