Dead Vlei

This vlei or pan in the Namib desert has been cut off by a migrating sand dune from floods that used to be brought by the Tsauchab River. Deprived of water, the acacia trees that once grew here died, their skeletal remains preserved by the dry desert air. As the sun rises over the dunes that now encircle the pan, the cadaverous dead trees are thrown into stark relief against golden sand. For more desert images, visit my key [677691] doesn't existNambia Gallery.