Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/04/19

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Subject: [Leica] Namibia - Sossusvlei
From: benedenia at (Marty Deveney)
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:59:51 +0930

Everyone who goes to Namibia goes to Sossusvlei.  It has some of the
largest and most impressive sand dunes anywhere in the world.  I
normally avoid places like this like the plague, but we went along

The dunes were really magnificent:

Anything that dies just petrifies; it doesn't rot.  There is
insufficient moisture 99% of the time for fungal growth or for the
sorts of insects that break down flesh or wood in other environments:

The wind blows the sand into amazing shapes:

and the sky reciprocates with amazing cloudscapes:

But if you think we were really alone in a wilderness:
we were not.  To save the dunes, you're only allowed to clim (= wreck,
really) one dune.  It was fairly uninteresting, being in a majestic
place before dawn with several hundred other yabbering foreigners
admiring the "majesty" of it all.  I could have stayed in Cape Town
and felt that crowded.

The sand here was very fine.  I took my M8 out once and afterwards the
sensor looked like it was ice cream with sprinkles on it.  I hadn't
changed the lens. The Arctic Butterfly does not do that great a job of
removing fine particles of silica; they just don't charge up that
well.  I carefully cleaned the sensor - somehow I managed to remove
the vast majority of the very fine sand without scratching the sensor.
 I cleaned the sensor frequently and with less overall concern after

Comments etc welcome as always.

More soon,


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