Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009
E-mail: email@example.com • Tel: 1-202-558-9596 (9am to 6pm, EST). • Justin Black’s iPhone: 1-202-302-9030
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Magical places with towering red sand dunes, ancient withered, desiccated forests, and storm-ravaged coastline make Namibia unique. Rare desert lions, gemsbok, elephants, and giraffes inhabit the area, with the colorful Himba people carving out a life in this arid region.
In all my travels, I have never seen such amazing and colorful dune formations. The colors ran from black to garnet to peach and red colored…sometimes bathed in coastal fog. The Namib Desert has a timeless quality that calls to me. –Jack Dykinga
Experience the haunting beauty of Namibia – Africa’s desert gem – with renowned landscape photographers Jack Dykinga and Justin Black. We will explore the striking quiver tree forests and geological formations, a ghost town abandoned to drifting sands, the rugged beauty of the coast, culminating with three days of intensive photography among the elegant forms of the thousand-foot red dunes of Sossusvlei. With warm tints of apricot, orange, red and maroon, these dunes offer abstract beauty unseen anywhere else in the world. This special place is also home to the ancient sun-blackened skeletons of camel thorn trees at the white clay “dead marsh” of Deadvlei.
A string of colonial port towns dot the coast, trapped between the South Atlantic and the dunes. Lüderitz, on the edge of the diamond-rich Sperrgebiet area, is a fascinating relic of Germany’s late 19th-century imperial aspirations. Nearby is the otherworldly and sand-bound abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop, where dunes have invaded the abandoned buildings. The photographic potential of this place is astonishing. Further north, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay bracket the southern end of the Skeleton Coast. Both possess a welcoming resort town atmosphere, with ample photographic opportunities along the coast.
Awe-inspiring and unrestrictive, this diverse geography leaves an impact you won’t soon forget.
Our itinerary has been designed to take maximum advantage of the best landscape photography opportunities that Namibia has to offer. In addition to attentive photographic instruction throughout by Dykinga and Black, our group of up to ten photographers will be led by two excellent local guides. This trip includes excellent lodging, in-Africa flights (Johannesburg–Windhoek–Johannesburg), transfers and group ground transportation from start to finish, and all meals, snacks, and beverages.
Namibia is a very safe and welcoming country, and a tourist visa is not necessary for citizens of the USA and most developed nations.
We hope you will join us! To sign up, click the “REGISTER” link above right.
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We came to the Yucatán Peninsula to document its incredible fragile beauty. My part was to focus on cenotes, subsurface portals to an underworld of turquoise waters and hanging roots, using my landscape photography. These virtual gardens lie hidden with plants growing toward a small shaft of light. Stalactites and stalagmites bear witness to the passage of eons of calcium-laden waters migrating through the stone as flowing rivers. –Jack Dykinga, from LiveBetter magazine
This photography expedition for a small group of six participants will explore a land of hidden cenotes and caverns, colorful villages, magnificent Mayan sites, elegant haciendas, and abundant tropical life.
The Mexican state of Yucatán is a world apart from the more familiar tourist center of Cancún. It is a welcoming, safe, and intriguing place, rich with history and authentic culture, overflowing with haunting beauty. Subtropical forest conceals beneath its roots a porous limestone bedrock through which water has dissolved myriad caves, sinkholes, and underground rivers, following fractures created by the asteroid impact at Chicxulub Crater that wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
When these caves and sinkholes open to the outside world and offer access to groundwater, they are known as cenotes (seh-NÓH-tehs). The inspiration for countless Mayan legends, these crystal clear underground pools and grottoes will be a primary focus of this expedition, along with elegant 19th-century haciendas full of rustic charm, Mayan villages, and the largest pink flamingo colony in the world.
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In the final year of the 5,126-year Mayan calendar cycle, we bring you a very special expedition for six photographers into this land of hidden cenotes, stunning pre-Columbian cities, elegant haciendas, and abundant tropical life.
The Mexican state of Yucatán, on the west side of the peninsula, is a world apart from the more familiar tourist Mecca of Cancún. It is a wonderful, safe, and intriguing place, rich with human and geological history and overflowing with haunting beauty. Subtropical forest conceals beneath its roots a geological sponge of porous limestone. The Chicxulub impact crater, created by the asteroid that ended the age of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, filled with water that dissolved pockets and channels in the subterranean limestone around its periphery, creating myriad caves and underground rivers. read more…