Undeterred by the turbulence shaking his tiny Cessna plane, Angiolo surveyed the beautiful scene unfolding below him. The endless dunes of the Namib Desert glimmered and glowed as the last of the day’s light filtered through the clouds. Each ray illuminated a bewitching pattern, ‘like the painting of a great artist’.
The Namib is one of the world’s biggest and oldest deserts – at least 55 million years old – and is largely devoid of surface water. Yet if you look closely, the smooth contours of the sand are roughened with vegetation. These plants are able to survive on groundwater and moisture from fog swept inland from the coast.
Nikon D7000; 18–200mm f3.5–5.6 lens at 35mm; 1/1600 sec at f9; ISO 800.
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
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Angiolo Manetti, Italy
Since 2011 Angiolo has won awards in national and international photographic contests. His work has been published in magazines such as Fotografare, Landscape Photography and National Geographic.