The town of Swakopmund is a failed attempt to have a port build closer to the administrative center of the former colony “Südwest Afrika”, Windhoek. Adolf Lüderitz built the town and port of Lüdertiz in the south of the colony, but this one was quite distant from Windhoek. With Swakopmund it would have been a straight shot to the capital, but the strong current of the sea and the lack of a bay made this a failure. Yet, the town still exists and it is one of the favorite destination for Summer vacation. The cold sea current coming from the South Pole area cools down the temperatures. At the same time the coldness of the sea does not allow evaporation and hence no rain. Similar to the Atacama desert in South America. The entire coast of Namibia is a desert due to this phenomenon.
Present image is the view of my hotel room window in Swakopmund across the Swakop river/wash.
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Adolf Lüderitz :-) It does sound funny in the middle of black Africa in the desert. There is also a Zurich in the States I think which sounds similarly odd or a New St. Gallen etc. All to make us feeling more home and others more lonely like the African tribes. Again this amazing golden light, my breath stops, breath taking. Love the tiny "man" on the sand dune, the dune looks even taller to climb ... and it plays with our imagination well like "discovering our planet". What a view from the hotel room, unique for sure. A wonderful image.
What an amazing view , I would neverhave thought that you were in your room to take it! Fabulous golden hues, the shade gives the third dimension and the lonely person is eye catching and reveal the nature of the desert.
Ein unglaubliches Foto - und ein unglaublicher Blick aus einem Hotelfenster. All die fließenden Linien, das Spiel von Licht und Schatten, die Farben ... und diese "menschliche Ameise" machen diese Bild zu etwas ganz Besonderem. Das Gefühl von Verlorenheit könnte kaum eindrücklicher dargestellt werden.
Grüße aus dem ganz leicht frühlingshaften Deutschland!
WOW! Lonely, moody, fantasy, etc. Whatever you want to call it it is a stunning image. I think the light and tone of the light is what is so eye catching. After reading Wilbur Smiths stores of the Namib coast and dunes you really get a feel for the loneliness and expanse of the place. Wow!
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