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Deadvlei I, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namib Desert The distinctive tree skeletons in this photograph are dead camel thorn trees that died around 900 years ago.  They grew when flooding of the Tsauchab River created temporary pools.  The white clay plan, Deadvlei, was formed when changes in climate blocked off the river. In this striking composition, the photographer has captured the surreal look of the tree skeletons amid the intense hues of the desert.