Sunrise in the Sahara: Cold: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


© irene waters 2018

4am the phone rings. Bright as a button I answer. I wonder how many cold, grumpy, sleepy responses the wake-up man gets to his phone call. We pick up our breakfast box and are on our way by 4.30am. We are off to Abu Simbel but I’m looking forward to seeing the sunrise over the Sahara just as much.



© irene waters 2018

By 6am we are well into the desert and the bus stops to give us a photography moment. Lets face it – how often do most of us get to see Sunrise in the Sahara? We alight and are hit with biting cold air. One wraps her shawl around her tighter, shivering.


© irene waters 2018

A short blast of cold. The next time we would alight at Abu Simbel we would feel the heat of the day – and it wasn’t yet 8am.

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Prompt

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Sunrise in the Sahara: Cold: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Mz&Cho says:

    Kind of cold by the looks of the photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    Wow! To see the sunrise on the Sahara! And you, bright as a button at 4 am. I’d be there, but not brightly. 🙂

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  3. From polar chill to desert heat in a few hours – that would wake me up! Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post, Irene.

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh these are marvelous photo Irene. Thanks so much for participating.

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