Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Benjamin Taylor took a trip to southern Africa last year, and sent a lot of lovely photos. I have many more, but am rationing them out from time today. Here’s today’s batch, with Benjamin’s captions (indented).

The Damaraland landscape, Namibia:


Large-leaved star chestnut (Sterculia quinqueloba):


More scenes from Namibia:

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Namib rock agama (Agama planiceps):

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Ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (uncertain spring), Namibia:

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‘Organ pipe’ rock formations, Namibia:

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Welwitschia mirabilis – a remarkable plant found only in the Namib Desert. Individual plants can live to be thousands of years old, and in all that time they will only ever produce two leaves that grow continuously from the base.

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Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus):

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  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I’ll take a moment to say – this website WEIT is singular, remarkable. Nothing like it. And I used to be addicted to Reddit.

  2. somer
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    stunning pictures

  3. rickflick
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink


  4. Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I always love to see photos of Welwitschia! That is on my “bucket list” of plants I want to see before I die.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Marvelous!! The welwitshia is especially highly regarded as perhaps the worlds’ weirdest plant.

  6. Jim Knight
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos of an exotic place! That Agama is spectacular…

  7. GBJames
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Great work.

  8. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Fantastic photos and such a balanced mix!

    Twyfel is Afrikaans I take it:

    af: twyfel – sw: tvivel (with much the same pronunciation)- en: doubt, uncertainty.

  9. Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    The light in Africa is fantastic!

  10. Jeremy Tarone
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Very nice pictures. I’m a sucker for decaying trees and unusual rock formations.

  11. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    What everyone else said. My favourites are the rock carvings. Amazing to think of people creating them so long ago in that very spot.

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