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© Michael Diamond
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Photo Info
UploadedJune 17, 2008
TakenApril 24, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/500 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length145 mm
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Q: I am really into my wildlife photography but cannot afford a super zoom lens, I have a 300mm and am considering a teleconvertor. Has anybody had a experience with these and would you recommend them?

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Namibia's Skeleton Coast, is a notorious stretch of water and greatly feared by mariners,it has a wonderful name and a terrible reputation.The unpredictable currents and sandbanks combine with impenetrable dense fogs that roll in off the sea,to make this a graveyard for ships and whales alike,whilst the unforgiving desert hinterland makes this one of the worst places in the world to be marooned.

Stuck hard and fast in the sand for nearly a century at Conception Bay,some considerable distance from the wild oceans that first stranded it there, was what remained of the corroded hulk of the freighter "Eduard Bohlen". The ships' crew lost thier way in the infamous dense fog so characteristic of this area,like so many mariners before them.Their final voyage ended tragically here as it ran aground in 1909.This used to be the original shoreline,but over the years the sand has migrated nearly half a kilometre westward out to sea, trapping it in the desert to rust slowly away into the sands.

This image for me personifies the loneliness and fragility of the human spirit in this unforgiving harsh environment.I can only image the growing feelings of desperation the survivors of the shipwreck must have experienced when they crawled up onto the beach thinking they had found salvation from a watery grave,only to cruely discover on climbing the nearest sand dune,an endless empty expanse of desert,with not much realistic hope of shelter from the blistering sun or finding fresh water.This coast of skeletons is full of bleached bones and very aptly named!

21 responses

  • ZZZyu

    ZZZyu said (17 Jun 2008):


  • Michael Fuchs

    Michael Fuchs gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Very interesting. Nice contrast.

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    Fascinating composition Michael! Great capture!

  • sabine simons

    sabine simons said (20 Jun 2008):

    very well seen!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    This should absolutely be published. Amazing story and haunting photo. I love it all.

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    incredible !

  • Yvonne Roberts

    Yvonne Roberts (Deleted) said (5 Jul 2008):

    Incredible photo and story. Thank you for sharing!

  • Marie (Rhe) Harris

    Marie (Rhe) Harris said (21 Jul 2008):

    Your photo causes the mind to feel the awesome pull of the sand as it becomes the final resting place.

  • pdtnc

    pdtnc gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    cool stuff :)

  • Karen England

    Karen England gave props (4 Sep 2008):

    Wow! Looks like something from a movie scene. Great work!

  • Connie Smith

    Connie Smith said (6 Sep 2008):

    Awesome! When I first saw this,I thought it was ice in the north atlantic!
    Thank you for this shot,and the Great story.

  • David Baker

    David Baker gave props (14 Sep 2008):

    Great photo.............Great story...............Keep um coming Brah!

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    Wow! I've never seen anything like this. Very nice story!

  • Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark gave props (22 Jan 2009):


  • Melissa Harding

    Melissa Harding gave props (31 Jan 2009):

    Brilliant shot and amazing story, thanks....

  • Loretta Stephens

    Loretta Stephens (Deleted) said (27 Aug 2009):

    This reminds me of the movie 'Sahara' with Matthew maconaughy.. they had a ghost ship in there, too.

    Great shot- spooky- but great!

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (14 Apr 2010):

    Agree.....what an awesome story! I enjoyed reading it very much. It put even more though in my mind as I view the image. A great find, excellently captured!

  • Gareth Skipp

    Gareth Skipp gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Totally fascinating!

  • JP Cofield

    JP Cofield gave props (26 Feb 2011):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (6 Aug 2014):

    sure my vote

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (9 Aug 2014):

    A good one! My vote.

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