Friday, December 31, 2010

Twin Shots: A Photo Comparison of Texas & Namibia

Thousands of miles stand between them, creating one of the vastest distances I've ever traveled. States, then oceans, and African nations are crossed before my journey deposits me in Namibia, a relatively unknown country, about which almost everyone asks, "I should know, but where is that?"

Just northwest of South Africa, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, Angola, Botswana and South Africa on its interior borders. Namibia is the second least populated country in the world, second only to Mongolia, a rugged stronghold where few man-made distractions exist. Most interesting, at least to my native Texas eye, are the physical similarities between its terrain and Texas ranchlands (both places are bastions of cattle ranching). These curious parallels inspired the photographic comparison below. See if you can identify the photos taken in Namibia versus those captured in Texas...

Plains Zebras at the ranch, with full-bodied stripes.

Mountain Zebras in Namibia: their stripes pause at the belly.

The view of Namibia's Waterburg Plateau, from the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Brady Creek.

A warm, fall day at our family's Texas ranch.
Tracking leopards at Africat.

Stunning December sunset in San Antonio.

Daily sunset in Namibia.