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Life and Death by Isak Pretorius
Wednesday, 21st March 2012

Life and Death

by Isak Pretorius

The unique textures and colors found on the salt and clay pans amongst the dunes in Southern Namibia is a constant source of inspiration. The Tsauchab river cuts into the dunes and every 10 years pushes in enough water to feed the dry pans with a little water. The constant moving dunes had cut off Deadvlei pan from this water source and it now only get water from rare local rains. I wanted to capture the feeling of lifelessness of Deadvlei, which at one point supported a number of trees. I found a water runoff pattern on the pan that resembled a tree, symbolizing an era that had passed.
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark 2, Canon 16-35mm
Isak Pretorius
Born and raised in South Africa I have always had a love for the natural world. I live and work in South Africa which is such a privilege to be close to so many natural wonders. I try to get away to explore the natural beauty of my continent as much as I can. Today I'm lucky to spend a lot of time in the bush working as a photographic guide.

Life and Death by Isak Pretorius was photo of the day on Wednesday, 21st March 2012. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


ross christopher pahoyo

21st March 2012 at 4:12 am

Really beautiful. Thank you for sharing

21st March 2012 at 6:51 am

A new take on a very popular area for photographers. I have never seen anything quite like this. Great shot Isak!

21st March 2012 at 8:37 am

Sad-but stunning! A wonderfully unique perspective!

21st March 2012 at 9:07 am

Nice irony; well done.

Dominic Beeton

21st March 2012 at 9:37 am

I have seen this before. It’s truly inspirational. Great shot.

21st March 2012 at 10:50 am

Very cool shot Isak! Great work!

21st March 2012 at 1:17 pm


Subi Wilks

21st March 2012 at 1:33 pm

It is a great shot – but we’re doing repeats?

Fernando Rodriguez

21st March 2012 at 2:59 pm

I agree with Subi Wilks, I’ve seena similar shot before. This is the third or fourth time in the past few months this has happened. It’s Good shot, but not unique.

21st March 2012 at 3:00 pm


21st March 2012 at 8:29 pm

seen it before????


22nd March 2012 at 1:06 pm

11 january:

Great shot, but indeed not unique

22nd March 2012 at 5:20 pm

Very high on the SUPER COOL list!


26th March 2012 at 12:28 am

I like the stark contrasts of textures and color. Thanks for sharing your unique photo.

Jimmy Repass

1st April 2012 at 3:51 pm

kinda looks like a tree, very cool… !!!

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