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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Night at Deadvlei

The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadvlei, in Namib-Naukluft National Park, 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.

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Date Taken: 03.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Sesriem, Namibia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Beth McCarley