Mirages: Something Different: Lens-Artists Challenge number 40

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Sunrise in the Sahara was a different experience and one that I don’t expect to have again

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It was freezing cold but worth the shivers to see the sun rise over the horizon letting us see what a bleak landscape we were travelling through.

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Not a tree in sight (in the first photograph that is me if you thought it was a tree.)

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Predominantly flat it is broken with mesa, large rocks and sand dunes.

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And there is sand everywhere. The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert although at dawn it didn’t feel that hot.

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Huge projects are underway diverting water from the dams along the Nile into canals in the effort to eventually green the banks of these in a similar way to the fertile strip along the side of the Nile.

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We saw one green area that was nowhere near a canal and I can only assume that in there somewhere was an oasis.

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We saw people building fences in the middle of the dessert. Why? I have no idea. It looked as forbidding on either side of the fence and I can’t imagine what they were trying to keep out.

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On the way back to Aswan we stopped at a road house.

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Besides a stop for the toilet it was so we could experience a Sahara mirage. I was told it wouldn’t come out on photograph so I was thrilled when it did. Can you see it?

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And here…

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Inside the roadhouse.

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There is a definite Nubian flavour

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Our last look at the mirage. It disappeared as we drove toward it. They are an optical phenomenon where light rays bend , producing  a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. For me this was something totally different.

Thank you to Tina for hosting this weeks challenge.

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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8 Responses to Mirages: Something Different: Lens-Artists Challenge number 40

  1. Tina Schell says:

    How very cool! Not something I expect ever to see so your photos are much appreciated!!

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  2. Amy says:

    What a wonderful trip! Enjoyed your travel series. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful photos but that last one is a true piece of art.

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