Once again, a noted photographer (To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves, 1993) visits an apparently desolate region and finds it full of life and beauty. In Namibia (""place of no people""), Brandenburg treks empty dunes to find tracks of the elusive oryx and one perfect picture of a lone animal on a wind-sculpted dune (reproduced in full splendor on the jacket; unfortunately guttered within). Visiting Himba and Herero tribes on the Skeleton Coast, he discovers the many tricks animals use to find and hoard precious water; and he locates flamingoes, jackals, lions, and giraffes where there are no trees. In the south he sorts priceless diamonds and sees seals and penguins; and in the Etosha National Park in north-central Namibia he has just a few seconds at sunrise for ""...only 10 to 15 frames"" of ostriches, their backlit necks dramatically echoing the luminous sky. The subtexts here may be as important as the color photos: the enormous dedication required, hardships endured, and thousands of shots taken for a few matchless photos; and the ability to bring a sense of wonder, joy, and discovery to a place where others might find only discomfort.