A night under the stars at Deadvlei, in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Deadvlei means “dead marsh.” The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.
This image is a single exposure taken a few hours after sunset, using the rising moon directly behind the camera as a light source. It was bright enough to illuminate the foreground and the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds.
It was such a uniquely quiet and peaceful area that we easily could have slept under the trees in the basin. However, there is a strict curfew in the park and it is difficult to get permission to even stay out after sunset. We hiked back out through the sand using only the moonlight. On our return early the next morning for sunrise photos, there were fresh hyena tracks walking right into the basin.
Location: Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Photograph Date: 2014
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Available Sizes: 40cm