5.

    • Title: Deadvlei
    • Artist: Mary Ann Melton
    • From: Hutto, TX USA
    • URL: www.maryannmelton.com
    • e-mail: mammelton50@mac.com
    • Phone: 512.759.3241

    Artist Statement

    We left our lodgings before dawn to ride over to the Namib-Naukluft National Park to see the dunes of the Sossusvlei. Our guide was anxious that we were not going to get to the Deadvlei area at an opportune time, knowing the number of people who visit each day. Our guide pointed us toward the unmarked trail to the Deadvlei while he went back to prepare our breakfast picnic. We took a wrong route, but enjoyed hiking in the dunes. The Deadvlei is a hike from the parking area going up the dune field. I was huffing and puffing, but determined to get there. Once there, my energy revived and I was all over it marveling at the beauty and the photo opportunities. Because we arrived later, most of the hordes of people were gone and I was able to take photos without people everywhere. I was also fortunate that the lighting was still good to get both the colors of the dunes and the deep blue sky before the heat of the day. We ended the expedition with a picnic breakfast under a shade tree in the middle of the Sossusvlei. What a great day!