Sossusvlei, Namibia

- Surreal apocalyptic piece of visual art

Remains of dead camel thorn trees rise like charred skeletons against a flaming red backdrop of mountain high sand dunes. All surrounded by massive heat and deafening silence.

They say this is Namibia. I´m suddenly not sure I´m still on earth.

Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert houses the highest sand dunes in the world, some over 300 meters high, and is without a doubt the most spectacular and surreal place I ever been. And an iconc dream to photograph.

When the first morning sun paints the dunes in different colors and shapes, light and shades, it reveals a captivating drama of astounding beauty and mind blowing illusions

And then there is an even more epic canvas. Deadvlei – a dried out lake in the middle of the desert, with remains of a 900 year old dead forest, where the trees stretch like relics of aliens in a Martian setting.

Entering the valley is like walking into a painting of Salvador Dali. An apocalyptic piece of visual poetry.

The scene completely knocks my out of senses. And the same questions keeps popping into my mind. Is this for real? Is this really planet earth?

• On assignment for Escape, Norwegian travel magazine Reiser og Ferie. Some images also published in National Geographic Traveller.