There are many realities that I am discovering as I journey though my life here in Namibia. Most seem to be obvious, especially if spoken aloud. Like, “I am no longer in America.”
That became completely apparent when stepped off the plane in Windhoek 6 months ago. But there have been times when it wasn’t so obvious. I grew up in neighborhoods where nearly every face was a shade of brown and most people lived from check to check, be it paycheck or welfare check. Fifty or so years later I find myself in nearly the same environment, just on a different continent. My home back then was basic, but clean, just as my home is here in Namibia. I had many friends, but I also spent a lot of time alone back then, just as I do now. So living here often feels familiar and can sometimes seem as right as rain.
In my Erongo Region town there are things that need fixing and little money in the town’s coffers to fix them, just like so many hamlets throughout the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and the Rural South in the U.S. and people make do with what they have, and learn to see beauty and grab opportunities when they present themselves. One can get lulled into expecting the familiar, but it is the vistas and the random chance encounters that can make the reality of my current life slam me like a linebacker, and I’m left wide-eyed, slack jawed and can only mutter, “oh!” while my mind attempts fit what I’m experiencing into some familiar context, and failing.
I had such an opportunity last week. A fellow Peace Corps volunteer, on vacation with family, offered some extra seats in a plane charted for an aerial tour of Sossusvlie and Fish River Canyon here in Namibia. I was lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the offer. What I saw was hard to describe, the only word that may do it justice is ‘surreal’. Instead of me trying to tell you what I saw I’ll let the photos I took do the talking.
More to come.
Your aerial photographs are amazing. I read online the Fish River Canyon is the second largest in the world (after the Grand Canyon). And no better way to see it than by air!
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Thank you! It was an amazing opportunity and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Those were just a small sample of the pix I took. So many, in fact, that I’m struggling to get them processed. I’ll add more over time so come back to that post in a bit.
Thanks for the analogies for us not with you. What spectacular landscape. Can’t wait to see and learn more!
I’ll post more pictures in a bit. This weekend has been busy.
Awesome pictures Vern!! Glad you’re doing well. We miss you at Spill!
Thanks. The pix really don’t do it justice. I literally could not stop smiling. It was amazing.
Hope you and the crew at Spill are doing well. Hi to everyone!
Miss you all!!
Be well and stay tuned
Wow! What a great opportunity to shoot Namibia by air! Awesome photos. I’d heard Namibia was beautiful, and you certainly show that to us. Thanks! I’m Vernarts binging, catching up on your blogs. LOL