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Sand dune delight

14 Apr 2007 / in about art, natural world, travels

It may be six weeks since we got back from Africa, but I still have loads I want to tell you about it. Sand, for example. And there’s a lot of it in Namibia! Indeed, close to a small settlement called Sesriem, are the tallest sand dunes in the world. Here’s the trusty Belgian-registered overland truck that took us there…

…and the gobsmacking sights that awaited us:

This is sand of epic proportions. Not only is it firey red, it is so fine it’s almost like dust.

As the sun rises, the dunes, sculpted by the wind over the centuries, reveal the most beautiful, flowing shapes. A couple of the dunes you are allowed to walk up. It’s not until you see people becoming like ants in a sand pit do you really understand the scale of these beauties:

I didn’t, of course, because I was more interested in looking and painting.

I sketched and sketched…

…and sketched and sketched…

Photos: Moth Clark

Here’s me and him looking like a couple of hippies:

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