A Sense of Scale – Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Sesriem canyon

Depth in the World’s Oldest Desert

I was looking for a photo to use as a test while I’m sprucing up Inside the Travel Lab – you know, washing behind its ears, dampening down tufts of hair and generally trying to get it to look its Sunday Best – when I found this.

The sight of this tree in the Namib Desert, so sturdy close up yet so fragile far away, was just enough to make me stop and think about depth, perception and the importance of strong foundations. It reminded me of each and every one of us as we work and plan and generally get on with our lives.

So perhaps this photo deserves to be more than a test. Or perhaps that day spent in the Department of Philosophy last week at the London School of Economics had more of an effect on me than I thought.

Then again, it’s only through testing and experimenting that any of us get anywhere. And after all, it is a nice photo.

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2 Responses to A Sense of Scale – Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Desert

  1. Jenna April 29, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Interesting scale in this photo. I love images of solitary trees–we have lots of those here in California, especially in the more arid parts of the state.

    • Abi June 14, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      It’s very hard to find a solitary tree in the UK. Perhaps that’s why this image grabbed me so much.

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