Trip into the Light by morganpt

These trees in Deadvlei are so inviting in the morning light! So inviting that it’s worth sleeping in the park overnight in my car, starting the 5am hike to find these hidden salt flats, and overcoming my fear as my headlamp easily spotted animal eyes in the dark and there were cat prints all over the sandy ground. I only wish I left at 5am to catch the stars!!!

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Loneliness by MartinKrajczy

Sunset in the Namib desert. In this frame you can see the two sides of this sunset. On the right side the sun doesn´t reach the blue/grey sky anymore while on the left side the sunset is still in his yellow / orange phase. It was great to observe this while having the camera setup with a 90 degree angle to the direct sunlight. This area is close to the border of the Skeleton national parc in the northwest region of Namibia. In the lower season it can happen that you do not see any other human beings for days. One of my favourite areas in Namibia because you can also observe desert elephants in this region if you are lucky. The tree on the left side is standing in the middle of an epidemic stream. This is the reason for the sand line to the hill in the foreground on the left side. Must be great to see water in such an epidemic stream … coming out of nothing.

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Endless beauty by MartinKrajczy

The Namib desert is the oldest desert of the earth and an endless beauty. This panorama shot (out of six single frames) is taken in the northwest region of the desert. My preferred area as the land belongs to communities and everybody can drive through it. In southern Namibia only the roads are public. Everthing else is private. It is a gift to observe the sunset in such an area. It is so still that you hear each beetle before you see it. Something you would never recognize in our more busy landscapes as there is too much noise from roads, other animals or villages. Really special. This silence is one reason why the Namib desert is one of my favourite places on this planet. You can drive for a couple of days without seeing somebody else. Especially in the lower season.

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Namibia Untamed by MarselvanOosten

We are proud to announce that photographer Ryan Dyar has joined the Squiver team. Ryan is known for his atmospheric landscape images and his popular post processing video tutorials. Not only that, he is also a great guy to travel with and to learn from, which is why we asked him in the first place.

Due to popular demand we have added a second Namibia Untamed tour for 2016, and Ryan will lead that tour. If you are not familiar with Ryan’s work, then first: shame on you, and second: http://ift.tt/HjSx9r

If you want to visit Namibia, look no further. We were the first company to offer specialized photography tours to Namibia and there is no better organized Namibia tour out there. Also, we are still the only one that offers microlight flights over the famous Namibian sand dunes.

This image was shot on one of those microlight flights, an amazing experience. Microlight airplanes are the best way to take aerial photographs. Better than hot air balloons, as they only take you where the wind blows. Better than airplanes, as they go way too fast, have to stay very high, and you often have to shoot through low quality, scratched windows. And better than helicopters, because of those same scratched plastic windows, and you can only shoot in one direction. From a microlight you can shoot in all directions, also straight down.

What you see here is a gyrocopter, basically a two person helicopter without roof or windows. We used one of those for a few years, but we no longer do. I asked my pilot to fly above them to be able to include the gyro in my photograph for sense of scale. The photographic opportunities are endless when you’re flying over this sea of sand, sculpted by the light.

If you’re interested in joining Ryan to Namibia, please check out our website for more information, images, video clips, and a very detailed tour PDF: http://www.squiver.com

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Vanishing Kings-Namib by MartinKrajczy

Dedicated to the work of Flip Stander. The vanishing kings oft he Namib desert. It was a very special moment on our last tour when we found these desert lions in the middle of nowhere. Flip Stander spend his whole lifetime since many years with them sleeping in his car and observing them to protect them and reduce the number of conflicts between them and us. He is a doctor who can also help them if they are not in the best condition for whatever reasons. You can follow his work under http://ift.tt/16S7uIc . He is publishing news of the last desert lions of Namibia nearly on a daily basis. For me he is really a hero even if he doesn´t want to hear it because his work is his passion. The two male lions on the frame are roughly two years old and belong to the famous „Five musketeers“. They are just in the phase of going their own way but still returning from time to time to their mother. Her father was killed. Before we started our tour i saw a post on FB – a marketing trailer for the movie about the vanishing Kings being released in these days in Windhoek and Swakopmund. I wrote a comment „hope to see you soon“ and four weeks later this dream became reality on our fourth Namibia tour – incredible. The one lion standing is on his way to us – the minimum distance was two meters – typical curious cat. Got to have an experienced guide on your side in such moments who knows the do´s and don’t´s while observing wild animals – thanks Axel. Moments that last forever and worth every effort it takes.

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Three of 150 … by MartinKrajczy

The desert elephants are no official own species. But indeed they are. Their feet are special and they have been able to adopt to the environment in the Namib desert. Roughly 150 are left – difficult to count. There are several small groups which move between the different episodic streams in the Namib desert. First we saw one elephant of this group at our lunch break in the the episodic stream. But staying there for a while did pay out. Finally it was a group of 17 desert elephants which we observed until sunset for about 5 hours…hot and very special. This shot was taken while they moved out of the episodic stream through grass land towards a small lake to drink.

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