This blue marble

– and yet it spins

Six belts of ocean floor

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sesriemSesriem means “ses riemen” or “six belts” – the number of belts tied together required to reach the water on the bottom of the canyon with a bucket. Very practical. Very survivalist.

When there is no water one can walk among the massive rocks that form the 30 m deep and a kilometer long canyon by Sossusvlei gate. And when one looks closer, one can see that the rock is filled with holes and seashells. This is an ancient ocean floor, and the mother of the desert sand all around. The circle of life in action.

(Sesriem Canyon, Namibia; July 2017) 

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