Nature. Friends. Braai. Camping. All you need!

It was due. This trip to the river. Season once again has been way too long. Taken too much energy out of our body. Celebrating a birthday was just the best reason to organise everyone and get out. Out of town. Away from the tourists. Out of reception. Into the nature. With a group of awesome friends. That is what we all needed.

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Getting the cars packed. And let’s go! I’m driving one of them. A land rover. A few of them in line. It’s gonna be a big party. Wait. Stop. Look to the left. KUDUS! I’ve never seen Kudu antelopes in our riverbed. It’s amazing! Just outside a friends farm. When I packed my car I was obviously as well over excited. Didn’t plan well. My camera is somewhere at the bottom. Not in reach to catch them. But we all saw them. Around 7 Kudus. What a start into the trip!

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Going through my pictures now I just see Zak. On every picture. Feels like it. Apparently he likes being in front of the lense.

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I’ve tried myself as well a bit into people’s photography.

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But the nature keeps me faszinated.

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I love taking walks through the river. Going slow. Eyes on the ground. Eyes on the horizon. And suddenly this dry riverbed looks so much more alive. With all the yellow. Flowers. Beautiful.

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A few of us are heading out. To explore more of this wonderful area. We explore nature together. Show each other what we see. Teach each other what we found. The first time since I live in Swakop we see this special plant. They call it the südwester Edelweiß. What a pretty flower. And I do see the connection to the Alpenedelweiß.

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Photo shoot and sundowners at some old ruines.

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Lots of chatting. Lots of laughing. Lots of sunshine. Lots of happiness.

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As we get back more and more people arrive. Such an awesome vibe. In such an amazing environment.

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Later at night the sky shows it’s beauty.

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As the stars come out, nice and bright, I grab my blanket and head out with my camera. Away from the fire. Into the dark. Sit down somewhere in the riverbed. Place the camera into the dark. Waiting excited about the long exposure shot. And what is that? As the picture comes up on my screen I spot the face. Zak. Really? Did you have to sit right in front of me?

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That much about being alone. This one doesn’t leave you alone. So I move my blanket. Set the camera new and continue my shoot.

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Most people have left by now. A small group is still sitting around the fire.

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Soon we place our mattresses on the ground and fall asleep under the sky of stars.


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