The 2 or 3 structures that make up the tiny hamlet of Solitaire are probably most famous for the apple strudel which an Afrikaner woman dispenses to dusty travellers. The dessert is just one of the reminders that Namibia was under German colonial rule until 1915. The settlement was named in the 1950s by Elsie Sophia van Coller whose husband had built the first cottage. It is now the only population centre between the dunes of Sossusvlei which are popular with travelers and tourists and the coast at Walvis Bay.
This image was made after sunset on a beautiful sandstone kopje (Afrikaans: isolated rock hill) behind Solitaire Guest Farm. Moringa trees are quite common in rocky landscapes of Southern Africa and are superbly adapted to survive drought conditions. They are a rare species amongst plants as they contain complete proteins and the possibility of harvesting moringas as part of sustainable agriculture is being trialled.