In one of the most extreme environments comes one of the most surreal landscapes. These acacia trees died some 900 years ago, dried up, and have been scorched black from the intense sun. Mid-day, the heat hit a high of 45C (113F), which is just brutally unbearable for everyone, locals included.
It's kind of funny how, when you plan a trip, you have certain highlights you want to hit, but in the end, you really don't spend that much time at your highlights. Deadvlei was one such highlight for me, but really I think I only spent 2-3 hours tops, because after that it just gets too hot and the golden sunlight disappears.
A shot of Deadvlei at sunrise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.