The Magic of the Namibian Skies


Namibia may be home to more wildlife than people, and boast some of the most spectacular landscapes, but perhaps the most impressive backdrop to all this natural beauty is the Namibian sky...

We know the sky stretches on for eternity, but in Namibia you feel it. And the daily performance the sky puts on, never fails to impress. Waking up in the morning, you will almost always be greeted by the sun shining bright in a brilliant blue sky. 

Sometimes in the afternoon, clouds start to build - first as faint, elegant whispers, then as cotton wool clusters as if from a storybook, and finally as dramatic deep-grey thunderclouds that blaze with every bolt of lightning. 

As twilight edges ever closer and the sun sinks into the horizon, the sky begins a metamorphosis – from sapphire to ochre to crimson to amethyst to indigo and every shade in between, until finally settling on a steely blue to take it through the night. 

And the evening holds a surprise of all of its own. The Milky Way stretches from one end of the horizon to the next, with the man on the moon and a million stars as its companions. With some of the darkest skies on earth, Namibia will leave you pondering life, gazing into the glitter of outer space until you finally fall asleep...

 

Have you found yourself under Namibian skies? Got a photo to share with us? Send it to us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LandscapeEscape and your photo could feature on our blog!

 

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Under Namibian Skies at the Quiver Tree Forest, Photo by Fran Gallogly @tangogalfrances

 

Namibian Skies from Endemic Productions on Vimeo. 

 

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Contrasts over the Namib Desert are a photographer's delight

 

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Is that a bird or a cloud flying above the Okavango river?

 

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Plains so vast you can see where it's raining!

 

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The sun beam & the lonely cloud

 

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Cloud silhouettes on a farm in the east of Namibia


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Whisps over the red dunes of the Kalahari


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Another day, another sunset

 

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The moon in broad daylight

  

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A lightning flash fills the thunderous skies

 

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Could this be heaven on earth?

 

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 Quiver trees lit up against the Milky Way, photo by Marsel van Oosten - read an interview with Marsel and see more of his stunning photography here

 

 

 


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