I’ve been home for three days. The first day I was in a bit of a daze. Not from jet lag, I slept most of the way on the plane – 10 hours straight. That’s a record for me without the help of a sleep aid, but I was apparently very tired. The trip was delicious but exhausting in the best of ways. Being back home in New York, I felt disoriented.
I’m actually still in a bit of a daze… I’m not great at re-entry. It’s hard to come back from a long trip and pick up with work and friends as if you haven’t been completely immersed in another world for 3 weeks.
I’m editing photos and thinking about the stories I want to tell. It’s taking me a bit longer than I expected and in the interim I thought I would share a few photos to give you a sense of what’s to come. There’s a lot to tell and it’s all running around in my brain and I’m waiting for the dust to settle.
Ironically, I had to wait for the dust to settle in Namibia too…literally…
An hour after I landed at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, a dust storm, one of the strongest in years, swept through the desert obscuring the mountains around us and leaving an eerily beautifully, yet gritty haze over everything and everyone in its wake.
The next day, I laughed—very quietly—as a cheeky young bull elephant, anxious to show off in front of a larger, older male, played traffic cop with our vehicle, and later I marveled at the Roaring Dunes.
At Desert Rhino camp, I met Kangombe, a tank masquerading as a black rhino, and shared a sunset with a herd of doe-eyed springbok. At night, I photographed the milky way with the help of a curious spotted hyena.
At Serra Cafema, I spent hours with the Himba, an amazing people who live like their ancestors (mostly) in the middle of the sand dunes, and drifted quietly down the Kunene River watching the crocodiles and the palm trees pass by.
These are just a few of the things I experienced in the Namib desert: an unforgiving yet stunningly beautiful place. There is so much more to tell. And then there’s Madikwe, South Africa and Cape Town… but that’s down the road. But I need to wrap my head around it all first…
So without further adieu… a teaser of what’s yet to come…