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    About 30 kms West of Spitzkoppe is Klein Spitzkoppe, a smaller mountain with semi-precious stones lying around it. The Damara mine them in open small pits.

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    Damara stone miners / sellers.

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    Herman, a gentleman miner. " It has not rained here in 12 years". That night, it did.

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    Thanks Martin. Photos in post 35 not showing.

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    these are excellent
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    What a treat! Thank you Martin.
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    Just outstanding.
    Can you say what camera and lenses you were using?

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    Wow. Fantastic thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    Just outstanding.
    Can you say what camera and lenses you were using?
    If it helps, he did say:

    All shot on a 50mm f/1.8 and a 14-30mm f/4.
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    Beautiful stuff, thanks.

    That bullet-holed truck reminds me of one I saw in backwoods North Carolina once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    All shot on a 50mm f/1.8 and a 14-30mm f/4.
    'S' lenses, on a Nikon Z7. I also took a DJI Osmo camera, a bit like a Go Pro, which was great for on the hoof footage and campsite critters.

    #35 should be fixed now.

    More stone sellers.

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    Back 'in town'.

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    Morning visitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    That looks alike a lot of fun. How long were you there? Did you rent or buy the vehicle? Was enough English spoken to get around easily?
    I was there for three months, and rented the car (10 bucks a day, 1000 miles on a tank full). I spoke English, Afrikaans, German, made drawings in the sand, used eyes, hands and smiles. Every single conversation no matter which language starts with 'hello-how-are-you?', then you decide which out of 25 languages you will proceed to converse in. In Damaraland, 'Covid-19' starts with a click. Speaking of which they have had about 300 deaths total from it. Everyone wears masks and sanitises etc.

    Around 60 km of dirt road out of Grootfontaine, you will find this. It fell from the sky, and weighs 66 tonnes, mostly nickel.

    Hoba.

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    Thank you so much for posting these! Amazing geology. I'll have to study up a bit on African geomorphology now Were their signs of an impact crater around that meteorite or had it been moved to that site? Amazingly rectangular shape for a meteorite!

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    There's one road in to Luderitz, and there's one road out.

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    Thanks for camera information. Sorry for missing it earlier. The pictures distracted me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Thank you so much for posting these! Amazing geology. I'll have to study up a bit on African geomorphology now Were their signs of an impact crater around that meteorite or had it been moved to that site? Amazingly rectangular shape for a meteorite!
    Namibia has been like it is now, more or less, for 300 million years, it is the oldest formed desert in the world. There are mountains around the Hoba meteorite, but it did not create anywhere near the size of crater that you might expect, from what I have read. But the surroundings have had time to change significantly also. Yes, weirdly cubesque. A farmer struck it with his plough, then it was excavated, in situ.

    My time in Namibia was extraordinary not least because of all the fields that are relevant to what you encounter; anthropology, geology, climate, astronomy, zoology + animal behaviour, linguistics, politics, history, physics, botany, the list goes on.

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    Luderitz. A tough little fishing town, exports manganese which arrives via rail to huge ships bound for China, but also an inshore fishing fleet, a few diamond boats. The Germans came as pioneers for the diamonds, built the place in their image. Must have been tough, as the gravestones attest to; ghosts live here too. Kolmanskop is 20km up the line, now abandoned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    look at the lion visage in the rock behind the bird. outstanding, helmut!

    really, stunning stuff.

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    Post 35 is fixed, but 48 and 51 have problems now.

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    Sticky received & deserved
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    Thank you for the sticky, but I need to get past the sticky software.

    I upload an image, post, it shows. The I reload the page, shows as attachment only. I go in to edit, image shows, save, shows only as attachment. Only one or no 'attachments' when I go advanced. Images are thee, but they are not attaching somehow.

    Each image takes 15 minutes to upload at 200kb, maybe big fat metadata?

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    This is wonderful.

    I just watched a travel documentary on Namibia yesterday afternoon.

    It was focused on the culture of the various peoples not the wildlife or ecology that is so often the subject of such programs. The narrator is African-American and a Sociology professor. It was interesting listen to him explain how many of the Black traditions our country have origins in Namibian Culture. I watched the program on Public Television. If I can find a YouTube link to it I'll post it, I think many would find it interesting.
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    Unfortunately just the trailer.

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    Fishing fleet at anchor.

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    Joel, a Portuguese gentlemen runs the best seafood restaurant in town.

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    Best Prawns I ever tasted. There is also a husband and wife hand rolled cigar company up the road. Need I say more?

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    Paloma, waitress.

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    Unless I find a fix, I'm done. I have reposted 5 posts 4 times already today, each one taking 45 minutes. They are still not showing correctly.

    I stay well away from photo hosting sites. Been there, got dropboxed and Flik'd. These are all direct from my computer, 200 kb, and the forum can not handle a 200 kb image.

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    Don't blame ya; but - thanks for what you have shown. Marvelous.
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    lupussonic - Absolutely wonderful photos from an epic trip. I'd love to see more. Have you considered down-sizing copies of the photos you want to upload? Thanks, - John

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    Very cool photos , reminds me of the surreal disquieting film " Walkabout " some photos evoked images of abandoned high elevation mining works in Peru . The spare quality to the land shows life of all the creatures to be tenuous with only the rocks enduring.
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    Beautiful and interesting picture of interesting places. Would make a beautiful coffee table book.
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    I really enjoyed these pictures - it's a stark beauty for sure. I hope you are able to post more pictures.

    As for photo hosting - I use my own GoDaddy website hosting. I write my own HTML but there is software out there to do that if you are not so inclined. I have to pay for the GoDaddy hosting but it's not expensive. The upside is that the website is there for good, for as long as I want it to be unlike the free photo hosting sites that come and go at a whim. And I have 100% control over the content and format.
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    I used Google Earth to look up Luderitz. The place really is in the back of beyond, and the road in is awesome. Not looking like a very nice place to break down, but awesome anyways.
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    I think normal service has resumed.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    I used Google Earth to look up Luderitz. The place really is in the back of beyond, and the road in is awesome. Not looking like a very nice place to break down, but awesome anyways.
    Yes, it is about 400 km to Keitmanshoop, through the most mysterious landscapes, often there is a fog that rolls in a few hundred clicks. There are manganese trucks that run up and down, and the old diesel train, but apart from that it's just you and the occasional animal (wild horses from the German era, the odd Gemsbok, ostrich and the Greater Brown Hyena). It has been a verboten diamond area for decades, but the desert there has seen little if any human presence apart from diamond surveyors, and perhaps the occasional Bushman / Herrero down through the millennia.

    The breakdown thing is not particular to the Sperrgebeit however. In most of the Southern African countries vehicles carry 2 spare wheel, sand boards, fuel, water, food etc. I had a spare wheel and a cooler full of beer. A guy I travelled with for some time said he once waited 15 hours for another vehicle to come by.
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    Luderitz was first built around 1880's. There was nothing there except a natural harbour. The German thirst for diamonds impelled them to build the churches, schools and houses, but it must have been brutal in the early days. There are stories of men building their wives back home houses, and sending for them. When the wives arrived, some of them stayed exactly 28 days, until the next boat could take them home. Very strong winds (cooling all the same) but DUST like I have never experienced, (had huge problems with my camera in this regard), flies, heat and hyenas. Not exactly Bavaria.

    I don't want to comment on this, but this is pertinent. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herero...maqua_genocide

    Like I said, ghosts.

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