Dead but Alive

@Inlemay (17042)
South Africa
March 11, 2016 8:50am CST
Back to my travels and a memorable visit to the day of our 35th Wedding Anniversary where my hubby and I spent climbing RED Sand Dunes in one of the most famous places on the African Continent: Sossousvlei - Namibia. Travelers from all over the world come to climb DUNE 45, which takes almost an hour, and then another hour to return to the bottom. Scorpions, snakes, desert spiders, crows all lie in wait for anyone to falter . . . Bucket List stuff if you ask me, however seeing it was a tick off for me, I did not need to climb it like my hubby did, to feel the heat, the hot sand, the painful legs, the sweat, the thirst to say I have been there. Daily the dunes are overcrowded with tourists, Safari tourists that have endured hours and hours of arid driving to set their eyes on this vision, some doing the walk, other snapping the shots! On our arrival and after walking for hours to reach the Dead Valley with all the silhouetted tree stumps, I look around and said to my hubby . . "What could God's plan be in all this desolateness and silence?" He had no answer but did take many photos so that I may show you all how oxymoron'ic 'DEAD but ALIVE' the nature's colour and simplicity of this place really is! Enjoy the video.
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Mar 16
Absolutely gorgeous! The desert is so amazing. Those dunes are beautiful!
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Mar 16
@Inlemay They make a very interesting photo op.
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@xFiacre (5236)
• Ireland
11 Mar 16
@inlemay I suppose it gives us another glimpse of God's expansiveness and that's only surpassed by his grace, love and grandeur.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
11 Mar 16
grandeur and complexities is very evident in the serenity of the landscape.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Mar 16
dont think Id want to climb it, see it sure, climb? duno
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
some only climb for the first 30 minutes, then they are about 10 metres up, but I dont have the knees to do all the soft sand climbing.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Mar 16
@Inlemay yeah, sand would be super hard on the knees and such, bet the view is nice
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
@Jessicalynnt the view was God Inspired!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Mar 16
Gosh, that is some dune isn't it? I gather it doesn't change much - and do you know the name of the bird at the finish?
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
That is a CROW at the finish - the dune changes very little in its BIGGER shape, but the footprints are wiped clean with the night winds, so in the morning, if y ou are first to arrive, you get to start the trail up before the other hundreds arrive
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
@Inlemay I gather crows are common and you think I'm a bit stupid Our crows are totally black. Our mapgies are black and white but differently marked.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv These are a variety from Namibia - I also had to ask my hubby
• United States
11 Mar 16
I love oxy-moronic visuals ! This one is awesomely desolate . . . thanks @Inlemay
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
I am glad that you like my contrasts.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
It does look like a very interesting place to visit, but I cannot claim to be impressed with the idea of scorpions.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
Ahhh they only come out in the HEAT of the day when all humans are seeking shelter - cold blooded so need to warm their bodies.
@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
15 Mar 16
I would take photos too. As soon as you mentioned the S word I knew I would never be able to do it.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
15 Mar 16
is that S word - SAND SCORPIONS SUN???
@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
13 Mar 16
Congratulations on 35 years of marriage.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
thank you - 35 year and 1 month today. a Life time
@LadyDuck (177121)
• Switzerland
12 Mar 16
Beautiful and scary, I am surprised that some trees still show a sign of life.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
13 Mar 16
that is the wonder of a very most powerful higher authority
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
13 Mar 16
That is amazing to see.
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