Pilgrims visiting Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima JapanPilgrims visiting Itsukushima ShrineItsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate. It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.

The shrine is dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto god of seas and storms, and brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu (tutelary deity of the Imperial Household).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsukushima_Shrine

Surrealismo in Namibia

June 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Non è la prima immagine dell'Africa a cui uno pensa, di solito il primato va ai safari, ma è in Africa che si trova uno dei posti più suggestivi del pianeta: il Dead Vlei.

Situato nella parte meridionale della Namibia, all'interno del Namib-Naukluft, fa parte della più vasta area chiamata Sossusvlei,  e da solo vale il viaggio in questa remota area d'Africa. Era un oasi di acacie alimentata da un fiume che poi mutò il suo corso in seguito al movimento delle dune di sabbia da cui era circondata, trasformandosi in quello che si vede oggi: una vasta depressione dal fondo bianco, circondata da alte dune arancioni costellata da alberi morti di acacia dal tronco quasi nero. 

 

View of Deadvlei in early morning sossusvlei namibia desertView of Deadvlei in early morningDeadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh" (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes).

Dead Vlei has been claimed to be surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching 300-400 meters (350m on average, named "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune"), which rest on a sandstone terrace.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadvlei

 

Questi tre colori offrono un incredibile contrasto e gli alberi disegnano ombre gotiche sul fondo del vlei.  Il silenzio totale completa l'esperienza sensoriale e spirituale intensa che questo luogo riesce ad offrire, favorendo l'immersione in una realtà peculiare che solo qui è possibile trovare.

 

Dead acacia tree in Sossusvlei Pan namibia africa landscapeDead acacia tree in DeadvleiDeadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh" (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes).
The clay pan was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area.
The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to have died 600–700 years ago (ca. 1340-1430), are now black because the intense sun has scorched them. Though not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry.

From Wikipedia

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Il Deadvlei è una distesa di argilla bianca situata vicino alla famosa area di Sossusvlei, all'interno del Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Il suo nome significa "palude morta" (dall'inglese dead, e afrikaans vlei, un lago o palude in una valle tra le dune).
La piana di argilla si è formata dopo la pioggia, quando il fiume Tsauchab è straripato, creando pozze poco profonde temporanee dove l'abbondanza di acqua ha permesso la crescita degli alberi. Quando il clima è cambiato, la siccità ha colpito l'area e le dune di sabbia hanno invaso il bacino, bloccando l’accesso al fiume nella zona.
Gli scheletri rimanenti degli alberi, che si ritiene siano morti circa fra il 1340 e il 1430, sono ora neri perché il sole intenso li ha bruciati. Anche se non pietrificato, il legno non si decompone perché il clime nell’area è estremamente secco.

 

     Sossusvlei africa namibia desert arid tree dune landscapeSossusvlei areaSossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

 

 


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