Monolithic structures

Saturday, 17 September 2022 08:32

Just out of Swakopmund, some 40km inland, stands the Rossing Mountain. It's a fascinating place, with an epic view.

Access with an off-road vehicle is from the back, the East side, which is rather anticlimactic in its ascent since it doesn’t feel very steep. The last little bit is steep, and can be a bit rock-crawly, but non of it prepares one for the view down the other side, to the West. Every time it’s breathtaking. 

The location is arid, rough, and unforgiving. Difficult to photograph but beautiful in its own special way. It's a place I usually visit in the late afternoon to enjoy the last light and have a sundowner with friends and family.

One of my favourite features here are the above seen monolithic structures, that are perfectly placed for the sunset light. It can feel like a movie scene out of Lord of the Rings. It’s rather hard to capture, and so far it’s different every time.  The view down its valleys is also epic, as seen below. The setting sun lighting up the hazy sky, together with a slight veiling flare thanks to the 1955 Collapsible Summicron 5cm.