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Beautiful Namib desert Surreal landscapes

Beautiful Namib desert Surreal landscapes

Beautiful Namib desert Surreal landscapes resemble a painting. Photography by Frans Lanting

Beautiful Namib desert Surreal landscapes

One may think this is an oil painting, but this is not. These breathtaking photographs were taken by Frans Lanting, in the coastal desert Namib, in southern Africa. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. Sossusvlei is a clay plateau, in the central part of the Namib, known for red sand dunes (up to 400 m in height). During the short wet period, usually in February, it is filled with the waters of the Tsauchab River. The Sossusvlei is the famous Valley of the dead, known for skeletons of dead trees. Frans Lanting has received numerous awards for his work as a photographer and conservationist, including top honors from World Press Photo, the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands inducted him as a knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, that country’s highest conservation honor.

The Namib desert. Photography by Frans Lanting

Sunset over the Namib desert. Photography by Frans Lanting

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world and never turned back. For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.

The Namib desert. Photography by Frans Lanting

The bare trees as if painted black against the pink-orange background. In fact, this is a beautiful landscape of Namib desert. Photography by Frans Lanting

The Namib desert. Photography by Frans Lanting

Mother Nature is truly the best artist. Surreal landscapes of Namib desert. Photography by Frans Lanting

Beautiful Namib desert Surreal landscapes

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