Friday, March 18, 2016

Swakopmund Museum and surrounds Mar 2016

A display of local seashells included these limpets.  I've been collecting them recently and hope to make something out of them.  These are in the museum in Swakopmund, Namibia.
We only spent one day in Swakopmund, and it was spent at the Kristall Gallerie and the Museum mostly.  The shot below is the beach here, a big tourist draw.
Another part of the beach further down and on the other side of the breakwater.
Big curlers here and what looked like a rip current.  Nobody was in the water this day.
The beach sand is red and black, just like the many rocks around here.
The different hues in the sand were kind of pretty.
Jason looking out over the water at Swakopmund.
Inside the museum, we found this picture of the Weltwischia plant, a desert succulent plant that can live for 1000-2000 years.  The plant below the picture was carbon dated to over 1000 years old.
A pangolin, like an armored anteater.  Pretty hard to find them these days, but they do live here in Namibia.
Sharks teeth found in the desert here when a sand dune blew away.
An eclectic collection of stuff in this museum.  Here is an old covered wagon with old suitcases, probably used to cross the desert roads.
The old bottles and containers from an apothecary shop.  Some pretty interesting stuff in those old bottles.
A photo of a Herero woman in her traditional hat. They are made from material rolled to look like horns.  They still wear them today, but we didn't go into that region to see them.
Photos of Himba people.  They still walk around topless and wear red ochre (clay), mixed with fat on their hair and skin as a cosmetic.  The shape and direction of their braids tells you more about them, too.
There were several women like this selling carvings by the yacht club, but they want you to buy something in order to take their photograph.
One of the girls in the coffee shop in Luderitz gave me a necklace made like this.
These dolls were made by the fathers of young girls to give to them.  Only the men could have them until they were given to the daughter.
A giant woven grain basket.  Cool tribal artifacts in this museum.
Pouches to carry stuff made from little turtle shells.
A kneading machine to make bread with.  I thought this was a great idea.
A type setting machine.  Such a cumbersome contraption.
The blue-haired lady in the middle is staring after the three Himba ladies that just walked by topless, with their hair caked in the red clay mixture.  the ends of their hair are like giant pompoms of hair, sticking out of the long red braids. I wasn't fast enough with the camera to capture them.
A purple bug that pulled into the parking place just before we got here.  We've seen lots of old VW bugs here.
An example of the artistic baskets the tribes now weave out of telephone wire. Very colorful and very expensive.
Another design of telephone wire basket weaving.
An old 1906 German architecture example, on the corner in Swakopmund.
A piece of driftwood that looks like an elephant, on the jetty in Swakopmund.
The view of the beach from the old iron jetty in Swakopmund.
This jetty was built back in 1905-6.
Karen on a chair carved out of driftwood.  I waited here while Jason strolled out to the end of the jetty.
Jason is out there on the jetty while the waves roll in.  The last 4-5 pillars of the jetty create huge splashes as the waves roll in.
Looking at the top of a power box near the jetty.  It is covered in chunks of broken crystals.
A view out the window of the van as we drive back from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay.  The Namib desert is just alongside the road here.  A beautiful blue sky.

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