Tag: deserts

Peru, Huacachina – An oasis in the desert

The buggy is flying across the sand, the speed is such that we barely touch the surface. The warm desert air whirs around my head and my knuckles whiten as we suddenly get thrown back against our plastic seats, climbing up an impossibly steep ascent at frightening pace. The edge of the sand-mountain comes closer and closer and I can’t see what’s on the other side but the buggy doesn’t slow down. We hurtle recklessly towards it. My stomach drops and my eyes shut as we career over the edge into a seeming abyss, plunging down a near-vertical drop....

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Wyoming: Independence Rock

Heading West through the open countryside of Wyoming, along State Highway 220, you not fail to miss Independence Rock. Such is its unique feature, standing out to the flat ground around, it is a landmark today as it was for those passing by on the Oregon Trail in the middle of the 1800s. Like a huge rock pebble rising up out of the flat desert I can describe it. For the people travelling by in their wagons back then it was normally early July when they reached this point on their long, long journey. Independence day is 4th of...

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Landscapes of Namibia

Namibia is one of the world’s least populated countries, full of wild and wide-open spaces that make it an adventurous and exciting place in which to travel. And it’s a great place for landscape photography, too, with deserts and dunes, bush, salt pans and rocky peaks to picture beneath the big African sky. The rim of the Fish River Canyon and the boulder-like hills of Spitzkoppe – ‘the Matterhorn of Namibia – were two highlights during my trip, both located on the edge of the 2,000 kilometre-long Namib Desert from which the country takes its name. The Namib’s shifting sands, mountains and gravel plains extend...

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Deserts! Ice, Sand and Beauty

When thinking of deserts most people tend to think of hot, sandy expanses with dunes as far as the eye can see. This image is of course true for some deserts but only a very small percentage. To put into perspective, approximately one third of all land on earth is covered in desert and of that less than 20% is actually sand. What is a desert? – A true arid desert is an area that receives less than 25 cm (10 in) of rainfall per year, an area that the evaporation of water is faster than it falls. Find...

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