Bright and early one morning in Namibia, after a rough night’s sleep in the freezing cold Namib Desert, we arrived to climb Dune 45 for sunrise. Initially, this was one activity I couldn’t wait for, but I was tired and with several layers of clothes on, I have to admit that the excitement had waned.
We arrived already frozen, and I looked at the dune with impending apprehension. We had already climbed a dune the day before, in order to sand board down the side, and while it was an amazing experience, climbing uphill on sand wasn’t something that could be done with ease, and it wasn’t something I was ready for again.
I will, however, admit that as exhausting as it was, and as cold as I felt, I have never in my life been in a more beautiful spot for sunrise. The dunes made the earth appear unworldly, and it felt more like we were on Mars than any other place. As with most things in life, the end result was worth the energy put in beforehand.
It’s hard to put the experience into words, so instead, I’ll allow you to live through it as I did, through my photos.