The Digital Dozen Does Continents: Dooie Vlei – Africa

Hi everyone!

It’s the second day of The Digital Dozen does Continents and today I’ve decided to go with the continent I grew up on – Africa. In case you didn’t know, I’m South African and I lived there for the first 25 years of my life. A few years ago, my husband and I took a holiday to the neighbouring country of Namibia. Much of Namibia is desert – the Namib Desert. We went to see the beautiful natural sights and one of the places we visited was the Dooie Vlei.

Painted Fingertips | The Digital Dozen does Continents - Namibia's Dooie Vlei - AfricaWe had been warned not to visit this area during the heat of the day – we were there in Summer – so we got up around 5 am and headed into the park. First, we marvelled at the famous red dunes and climbed one. These are known for being the world’s largest sand dunes and the view from the top is quite incredible. We then ventured deeper into the park to visit the Dooie Vlei. The dirt road doesn’t extend this far and you have to take a 4×4 shuttle to get close enough to the vlei, then it’s a short 1 km walk to reach this unique and hauntingly beautiful place. Dooie Vlei literally translates as ‘Dead Marsh’. There used to be some water here, but it dried up years ago – as evidenced by the mudcracks in the almost white mud.

The vlei is surrounded by the red dunes and the sun beats down like a ball of fire (which it is, I suppose). You see those blackened trees? There was no fire that burned them – after they died, the sun itself scorched them black. This is a very dramatic landscape and something truly incredible to behold. This is a photograph we took while visiting:

It was around 10 am by the time we headed back to the 4x4s and I’m not kidding when I say that that short walk was almost too much for me. The desert heat is quite unbelievable and I have never seen or felt a sun so scorching!

Painted Fingertips | The Digital Dozen does Continents - Namibia's Dooie Vlei - AfricaFor the nail art, I started off with a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White to get a nice white base and then painted the whole thing using acrylic paints.

Painted Fingertips | The Digital Dozen does Continents - Namibia's Dooie Vlei - Africa - macroI feel like I haven’t done this scene justice, but at least you can see what I was trying to represent here.

Painted Fingertips | The Digital Dozen does Continents - Namibia's Dooie Vlei - AfricaIn case you missed it, yesterday I did nail art for the continent of Australia.

Take a look at some more continents nail art at these links:

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