Namibia has some of the world's most astonishing landscapes. It's home to the world's oldest desert, a long and undeveloped coastline and national parks that teem with wildlife. After spending ten days exploring this vast land, Lottie Gross shares some of her favourite photos from Namibia.
Namibia is such a pleasure to view through a lens, but it can be difficult to photograph. Not because it's un-photogenic – it's quite the opposite, really – but because it's so full of 'wow' moments that it's easy to forget to pick up the camera.
The squawking seal colony of Cape Cross is mesmerizing to watch. The seals are ungraceful and their stench so pungent it makes your eyes water on first whiff, but their sheer number is staggering, especially when you look further out to see even more heads bobbing in the waters.
Then there's the Namib desert: one of the world's harshest, driest environments. It's like an inland ocean of orange and red with dunes standing so tall they're almost hard to comprehend.
Over ten days, while witnessing so many starkly different sides to this extraordinary country, I took over 1000 photographs. Here is just a small selection of my favourites.
The Martian landscapes of the Namib desert
An oryx grazes on shrubs in the Namib Naukluft National Park
A long road through the dry Namib Naukluft National Park
Sunrise over one of the world's tallest sand dunes in the Namib desert
People scale the sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft National Park
The white mineral pans of Dead Vlei
Petrified trees in Dead Vlei
A zebra on the look out in the wilderness
The Cape Cross seal colony
A baby seal at Cape Cross
Sand dunes rise from the Namib desert
The Namib desert as seen from a scenic flight
Sossuvlei and Dead Vlei from above
An aerial view of the coast
Marshland on the coast
Flamingos on the coast of Namibia
Flying over Swakopmund
Sunset over Swakopmund
Sunset over the pier in Swakopmund
A giraffe peers over trees in Etosha National Park
Animals drink from a watering hole, Etosha National Park
Sunset in Etosha
Etosha salt pan
Sunset in Etosha