Entry Title: "Silent Dune - Namib Desert"
Name: Terri Gold , United States
Category and Expertise: Nature, Professional
Entry Description: Namibia: the vast nothingness.
Here are the oldest and highest sand dunes,
the darkest nights with spectacular celestial displays,
The San people whose ancestry stretches back 150,000 years to the original Homo sapiens,
And the oldest trees that exist on earth.
The people of Namibia possess a reverence for the land.
Himba women coat their bodies and hair in a mixture of animal fat and ochre;
Literally covering bodies in the landscape.
Rainfall is scarce,
The sun is unrelenting,
Yet respect for the landscape, the wildlife and all of the people who live here, remains.
The wind rolls across the land from east and west,
and forces the sand upward like ocean waves,
mysterious and magical shapes and shadows.
In Namibia, you are enveloped in sand and tinted red, once you stop resisting, you too, become part of the landscape.