camelthorn trees

A Night at Deadvlei

“The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadvlei [in Namibia]. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and magellanic clouds. Deadvlei means ‘dead marsh’. The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old, but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.” – Beth McCarley 

Credit: Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest