Sunrise in the Sahara was a different experience and one that I don’t expect to have again
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.
Not a tree in sight (in the first photograph that is me if you thought it was a tree.)
Predominantly flat it is broken with mesa, large rocks and sand dunes.
And there is sand everywhere. The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert although at dawn it didn’t feel that hot.
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.
We saw one green area that was nowhere near a canal and I can only assume that in there somewhere was an oasis.
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.
On the way back to Aswan we stopped at a road house.
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?
Inside the roadhouse.
There is a definite Nubian flavour
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.