A Treasured Desert (in Black & White)

A follow-up to my previous post on the treasures of the old diamond towns in the Namib Desert;  although the colours are never-ending, the B&W prospects are mind-blowing in this harsh environment.

 A "museum" that belongs in a museum - the structure was first used as a mortuary in Swakopmund before being moved to Conception Water as a police station during the diamond mining years.  Restored today by the Windhoek Underwater Club it houses hundreds of old artifacts left behind by the miners after the mining was abandoned in the early 1930s.

A "museum" that belongs in a museum - the structure was first used as a mortuary in Swakopmund before being moved to Conception Water as a police station during the diamond mining years.  Restored today by the Windhoek Underwater Club it houses hundreds of old artifacts left behind by the miners after the mining was abandoned in the early 1930s.

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 Shadows and shapes, light and lines.

Shadows and shapes, light and lines.

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 Skeletons, man-made.

Skeletons, man-made.

 Sand erosion on wood

Sand erosion on wood

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 Maybe... just maybe there some left :-)

Maybe... just maybe there some left :-)

A Treasured Desert (in color)

The Forbidden Land of the Namib Desert, that over 100 years ago was a hive of diamond mining for hopeful prospectors, and today all signs of the life that was once there are being reshaped by wind and sand erosion.  Makes for challenging photography - armed with a wide-angle lens on my Canon, and the harsh light in the middle of the day, I discovered what treasures had been left behind.

 Weathered wooden planks contrasting with the red garnets in the sand.

Weathered wooden planks contrasting with the red garnets in the sand.

 Corrugated iron roofing, blown off housing structures, now making laced patterns and shadows after attacks from the never-ending winds and sand particles.

Corrugated iron roofing, blown off housing structures, now making laced patterns and shadows after attacks from the never-ending winds and sand particles.

 Wooden panels lifted up by sand.

Wooden panels lifted up by sand.

 Soft wood disappearing around strong nails

Soft wood disappearing around strong nails

 Sand eroded wood and rusted strapping around water drums

Sand eroded wood and rusted strapping around water drums

 Fragments of sieves used for separating the rocks from the finer sand containing the diamonds.

Fragments of sieves used for separating the rocks from the finer sand containing the diamonds.

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 Hi-Key image of sleeping quarters of the workers.  Efforts are being made to restore some buildings into small "museums" to display what artifacts are still intact, by the Windhoek Underwater Club.

Hi-Key image of sleeping quarters of the workers.  Efforts are being made to restore some buildings into small "museums" to display what artifacts are still intact, by the Windhoek Underwater Club.

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 Filling up like a sinking ship...structures are continually being covered up with sand only to be exposed again years later.

Filling up like a sinking ship...structures are continually being covered up with sand only to be exposed again years later.

 Ox-wagons carried hundreds of meters of water pipes to supply the settlements with fresh water from the springs at Conception Water and Fischer's Brün.

Ox-wagons carried hundreds of meters of water pipes to supply the settlements with fresh water from the springs at Conception Water and Fischer's Brün.

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 A lot of drinking was done when not working... and empty bottles used for decor in the buildings.

A lot of drinking was done when not working... and empty bottles used for decor in the buildings.

 Even though closed up in glass cabinets, sand still filters in to cover old books left behind by the miners.

Even though closed up in glass cabinets, sand still filters in to cover old books left behind by the miners.

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 Wooden boxes used to hold petrol.

Wooden boxes used to hold petrol.

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 Condensation lines of water on a window pane run down into the sand that has built up on the window-sill.

Condensation lines of water on a window pane run down into the sand that has built up on the window-sill.

 Broken bottle that is beautifully sand blasted.

Broken bottle that is beautifully sand blasted.

 Glass décor blasted open by the sand.

Glass décor blasted open by the sand.

 A claim marker

A claim marker

 The reception area near Conception Bay for delivery of supplies by boat.

The reception area near Conception Bay for delivery of supplies by boat.