Nababeep (with the accent on the second 'a') is a small mining town in the desert area of the Northern Cape, getting close to the southern end of Namibia. Coming through the Namaqualand area ,in mid-winter is the full-on desert experience. In Spring, however, one of the world's most spectacular flower displays on the planet erupts in bloom with huge fields of the desert covered in daisies, gazanias and other desert flowers.
This shot has been cropped (to take out some of the Nababeep rooftops) - but you might be surprised at how little saturation I have used: I got lucky with the sky under strong side-lighting from a late afternoon sun, and the flowers really are that colour. BTW - Southern Hemisphere Spring if you are thinking of visiting.
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heimann2 (1690) 2016-12-23 7:33
a bit dark but astonishing colors and a great contrast to these rocks.
Tue (43464) 2016-12-23 8:09
What a stunningly beautiful photo of these flower which have such a fantastic strong colour, which also goes really well together with the very blue sky. The rocks also make a great contrast with the bright slopes. Thanks for sharing!
dta (82442) 2016-12-23 8:13
hello Iain ,
What a spectacular nature scene ! The contrast is amazing bween orange flowers , black rocks and blue sky .
danos (103156) 2016-12-23 9:07
great the contrast of the colours with the reddish one to be the eye catching of the scene.I like the cropping giving more attractive and mystery in scene.Excellent presentation.
serp2000 (45858) 2016-12-23 9:18
Hi, Iain, Just fantastic colours combination for a desert. I do love this impressive blue&red&grey composition. Well done, good colors management. TFS! Best wishes! Serghei
lousat (97645) 2016-12-23 11:48
Hi Iain,the red of this pic from your archive before the green lines of your last trip,a new magnificent pic,unusual view very interesting and very sharp,your landscape are always differents and a step ahead!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks,Luciano
abmdsudi (57734) 2016-12-24 5:07
impressive and mysterious land formations from the wilderness. You sure pulled the right strings to get that rich red soil to pop your eyes with immediate impact but it's the contrasting blue that does it for me adding a heap of punch! A marvellous take of a very special and unique place, just beautiful to look at. Congrats
Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Noel_Byrne (33634) 2016-12-24 7:34
That's a great lunar landscape, perfect Earth colors and set nicely against this vivid blue sky broken by the grey rock. Great photo
Cricri (125930) 2016-12-26 4:08
Un paysage attirant tant pour son côté sauvage et ces couleurs fantastiques entre les fleurs oranges et le bleu du ciel en fait un très beau contraste
gervaso (16713) 2016-12-26 4:31
The strong colors of this landscape make it unique and the image is very attractive, with a great contrast with the dark blue of the sky! Wonderful place and composition! Very good job!
Hansaphotos (8715) 2017-01-07 13:17
A striking shot with fantastic colours. The light brings out wonderful colours and the deep blue colour of the sky really provides a fine contrast. Lovely work:) TFS.