Sitting on a giant sandpit.

    In early January this year I returned to the desert - this time for three months. Again I was there as 'Guest Astronomer' during the hot desert Summer, which also happens to be the rainy season in Southern Africa.

This time I was also sent to South Africa - to Londolozi Lodge in the Kruger Park. It's a completely different place to the desert! I was in 'the bush' watching the 'Big 5'!

This time I took my first digital camera - a Nikon Coolpix 4300, with converter wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
Here are some photos of my journey this time.....

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Home Sweet Home


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The CD!


Sossusvlei Dunes - From The Air

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Petrified Dunes


Sossusvlei

Dead Vlei


Moon using hand-held camera & telescope

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Jupiter & Galilean Moons


Saturn using hand-held camera & telescope

Venus & Mercury at dawn

I visited a centre called NaDeet, about 75km from the lodge. It is run by Viktoria Keding, who teaches young people from schools all over Namibia about ecology and conservation. They stay for a week and learn about the environment in the desert and how to use precious resources sustainably. I spent a night there teaching teenage Namibians about the stars.

NaDeet


Solar Panels

Sleeping Quarters

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School pupils learning to make bricks from old newspapers and magazines


A short break from their labour

Posing for the camera

Viktoria talking to a visiting teacher
(her husband just arriving home from a business trip on the left).


I was treated to a little concert from the children after dinner

Then I talked to them about astronomy

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They showed a lot of interest


We went outside and looked at Saturn through a small telescope...

...After which I took a well-earned luxurious shower with my one-bucket-of-water ration!

Next day we looked at the Sun through a solar filter


These young people had many questions and showed such interest,
which was both a thrilling and humbling experience for me.

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Dune View Towards Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge

and

Gemsbok & Mountains, Namib Rand Nature Reserve


Namib Mountains
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Sleeping Baboon Mountain


Sossusvlei Dunes From The Air


Lange Wand (Long Wall)

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Lange Wand From The Air
  
Flying Over Lange Wand, Namib Desert Coast At Sunset


Behind Dune 45 - From The Air

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Dead Vlei from above
  
Sossusvlei Numbered Dunes from above


Dunes at Sossusvlei

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Dunes at Dead Vlei
  
Dunes at Dead Vlei


Dead Vlei

  
Evaporating Puddles at Dead Vlei


Dead Vlei

  
Dead Trees at Dead Vlei

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Dead Vlei


Golden Dune Shadow
  
Dune


Dune


Sossusvlei Dune Reflection
  
Dune

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Footprint

Sand Storm, Namib Desert

Showing guests the stars!

Guests at SML

Kruger Park, South Africa
March 2005

'Supermodel'

Suckling Lion Cub

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Lionhead
  
Lion

  
Lion Tree

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Elephant Bum

  
Hyena Cub at 6 weeks
  
Young Hyena Adult

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Zebra
  
Rhino Mum & Baby
  
Hiya!

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Elephant Greeting
  
Baby Elephant
  
Elephant Portrait
  
Leopard Moon

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All photos Caroline Beevis 2018. *




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