Photofriday – ‘Heavenly’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Heavenly’

Heavenly made me think of the heavens, which made me think of stars, which made me think of showing you my shot of Deadvlei (Namibia) under the Milkyway. Hope this isnt too obvious 😉 Actually I’m now selling the lens I used for this shot here if you’re interested.

As a cool aside, have you seen this article on the register today of Saturn! Check out this guys flickr feed for loads of amazing images all stitched together from raw NASA data.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Heavenly’ here.

Rocky landscape at Spitzkoppe – Namibia Part 4


This fourth major stop on our tour of Namibia came as a bit of a shock to Mike and I since clearly neither of us had read the documentation provided with the trip all that closely and we didn’t realise it would include any camping (eeek)! Far from any romantic notions of sleeping out under the stars with roaring campfires and suchlike my association with camping has always been being freezing cold (and sometimes wet & muddy), having disgusting food, massive bugs and unsanitary toilet facilities (if any), nowhere to wash properly and a massive hangover the next day as I’d tried in vain to make all these things less bad and to get a beer-coat to keep me warm through the night. Things this time were not quite so drastic (thank god)! I was introduced to the world of glamping. This is where the tents have actual furniture, beds, tables, electric lamps (no more fumbling around in bags with a torch to find your toothbrush) etc And the toilets were recently hired, proper toilets that were clean and bug free and had a sink where you can brush teeth etc. Also the food was yummy, and we had a dining room tent in which to stay out of the cold wind while we ate. Unfortunately even with all this nothing could be done about the temperature and when we weren’t almost roasting on the roaring campfire we were freezing to death all night. Needless to say Mike and I won’t be taking up glamping as a new alternative to a proper hotel room on our travels 😉

The upside to all this was that we were inside an amazing area of natural beauty. According to Wikipedia the granite at Spitzkoppe is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. There are plenty of large rocky areas to scrabble up and admire the view from. There is a cool looking rock arch which we particularly liked.

In the evening some of us stayed out a little longer to photograph the stars & rocks before heading back to camp. Unfortunately the clouds rolled in – although in some ways I think they make an interesting effect. The moon was also very bright that evening so we experimented with light from the torch on the rocks and took some shots of that and some with only moonshine lighting them.

In the morning there was no point staying cold in bed so I got up and went up to the rock arch to watch to dawn spread through the landscape. I really enjoyed seeing the light hit a small piece of fog that drifted in for a short time too, it was all very peaceful.



To see more images like this go to my Namibia Gallery on pbase.

We went with a company called Squiver, run by Marsel van Oosten & Daniëlla Sibbing. The trip covers thousands of miles across Namibia so much of the time was spent travelling between amazing places, I’ll be splitting the trip report over 5 posts. This is post 4. The index page for this series is here. Up next is the amazing wildlife national park Etosha and some safari photos.

Namibia – Quiver Trees, Star trails & Cheetahs

As promised here is my round up of what we saw in our Namibia photo trip at the quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop.

We stopped here for a couple of nights. To be honest I got a little tree’d-out and I think that part of the trip perhaps could have been squished into fewer days.


It did however give me a chance to try out my very first star trail picture. It was terrifying leaving my camera behind and not knowing if I’d ever see it again. Marsel gave us a little talk on how to do the star trails. You have to take a base picture before the stars come out (to get the colour of the foreground painted in). Then take photos of 5 min exposures with 1 second interval for as long as the battery lasts. Unfortunately my programmable timer remote worked a little different to the standard one and I accidently programmed it for take one 5 min exposure every 5mins and 1 second. DOH! Hence I give you the Morse code star trail below! The first is without the base image loaded (just all the star exposures stacked up in photoshop with the layer set to lighten). The send is the same but with the base layer included. I quite like them both.

The best part of this bit of the trip for me was seeing the cheetah residents being feed. There was a mother (who came over purring for a stroke) and two younger ones who both had a fondness for ripping up camera backpacks (if they could get them).



We went with a company called Squiver, run by Marsel van Oosten & Daniëlla Sibbing. The trip covers thousands of miles across Namibia so much of the time was spent travelling between amazing places, I’ll be splitting the trip report over 5 posts. This is post 1. The index page for this series is here. Up next is the amazing abandoned diamond mine at Kolmanskop…

Back From Namibia

I’ve been gone for a bit – did you miss me? I know I haven’t finished uploading the Manatee photos from Florida but I’m here with something completely different. I’m just back from Namibia, Africa, from a rare (for me) land based trip (we were supposed to go diving in Mexico with Martin Edge but that got cancelled by the operator so we did this instead). I’ll be back with a full trip post soon but here’s a few to whet the appetite.

The gallery I’ll be posting to is here if you want to watch them trickle in.