Into the Desert

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Merely 45 minutes from Marrakech lies the desert. Not "The Desert" i.e. Sahara, that's too far, but desert nonethelesss. It's a rock desert, not sand as in Sahara.


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Being in the desert is an unique experience. The sun beats down on you  mercilessly; eyes cannot find anything to focus on; scale doesn't matter because there's nothing you can compare to; what looks near is in fact very far away. It's easy to see why people have been lured by Fata Morgana in all ages.


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Enjoying a break from the camel ride with exquisite Moroccan sweets and mint tea. Moroccan food is delicious, you need to watch it if you're concerned about your weight.


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What a difference a few drops of water make! Desert plants.


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The Ships Of The Desert


Curious


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OK, a few too many camel pictures. I confess, I have a soft spot for camels. Riding on a camel is not as hard as you might think; the tricky part is staying on when they rise or settle down. The key is to hold on and pull back to counteract their moves.


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A desert village, houses the colour of the surrouding rock. The small square houses are grouped around the life giving water and the precious crops. 


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Children playing hide and seek in the village.


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The sun setting in the desert.; it's an extraordinary feeling, like being on a different planet, away from everyhting.


All photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lenses.



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