Deadvlei in the center of the Namib Desert is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however they have not decomposed due to the dry climate.
Deadvlei is one of the most eerie and otherworldly yet beautiful desert places on earth. Whenever I visit Namibia I always get drawn back again and again to this spiritual place, sometimes just sitting on the white clay and soaking in the absolutely magical surrounding of the stark dead trees and the giant red sand dunes in the background.