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The Desert July 15, 2013

Posted by anagasto in photography.
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This photo by Ikiwaner is under a GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 only license  at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Etosha_elefant.jpg

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It is an iguana and he is surprised and a little scared to meet you at

Home

https://tucsonherpsociety.org/inhabitants/desert-iguana/

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And here is your friend, the camel.

The portrait is by S. Taheri under a CC license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Camel_portrait.jpg

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ref desert safari egypt

The camels, the sand, those long shadows, and the setting sun : it’s on countless office walls and in all the travel agencies.

But deserts could supply solar energy. Mostly they are not arable and poorly inhabited and their sunshine could one day become a lucrative export business.

See http://www.desertec.org/

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800px-Libya 4985 Tadrart Acacus Luca Galuzzi 2007

The desert in Lybia, a photo by Lucca Galuzzi considered outstanding by Wikipedia.

The large version is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Libya_4985_Tadrart_Acacus_Luca_Galuzzi_2007.jpg

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ref australian-desert-animals-1

Now that would be another surprise encounter. A lot would depend on his size. He is in Australia.

The original picture is at http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/

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800px-Judea 2 by David Shankbone

The photo is by David Shankbone.

The large version is at Wiki ttp://tinyurl.com/ccm4ox.
The desert is in Judea, Israel. At the back, those vertical tracks of sand rolling down : they look the same as the tracks  that little avalanches leave in the snow on the side of a mountain.

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Faiman, who is a specialist, says that with existing technology  you could produce electricity for the whole world with  10 per cent of the Sahara Desert.

The Sahara is the world’s largest desert, more than twice the size of the next in line, the
Great Australian Desert.

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desert flower ref

Desert flowers must be particularly pretty.

The spectacular photo  and the desert are American from a travel agent at http://www.qtours.com/

Below a cactus flower that came as a wallpaper free at http://www.scenicreflections.com/media/376434/Desert_flower_Wallpaper/

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small Parosheet Galonit

A wildflower from http://israeltours.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/paroshit.jpg where there are many more desert flowers and their names. There is also a close-up of the locust that Moses called down as a plague on Egypt when the Pharaoh went back on his promise to let Israel’s people go.

The locust still invades Egypt, and at that webpage there is a photo of the pyramds seen through a haze of locusts covering the sky.

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Here they are again, walking in the hot sand…

and drinking at the fountain …

The paintings are by Jean Leon Gerome from http://hoocher.com/Jean_Leon_Gerome/jean_leon_gerome.htm

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Desert animals have a hard time, and it shows.

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Dromedaries  : This photo and the one below were made by the son of a trader who used to take the caravans across the Sahara from one country to the next. He explains that  the caravan trade had to stop when the Western powers drew frontiers between the countries.

The dromedaries are all parallel to each other. Sheep do that, too.

The photo is at http://www.adventuresfromsahara.com/gallery03.htm, a great place with Sahara knowledge and photos .

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camel and desert in Egypt

The desert in Egypt as seen at a travel blog whose link is broken http://www.beatenpaths.net/.
On the left, of the same colour as the landscape, is a camel. Isn´t the blue figure a woman?  Did she go shopping all alone?

The picture below is from http://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/159395792/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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The photo of a Berber village is by Jean-Marie Akkerman at his Travel Blog .

Elsewhere I read that these houses are not typical of that landscape, because those people formerly lived as nomads. The Arab people who live as nomads in the deserts are called Bedouins.

That kind of life is difficult to maintain because it runs contrary to most modern conditions. A bedouin’s income would come from his herds, and that would not yield cash enough to buy machinery or computers or even medication.

Below is a Bedouin family in their tent.

This photo by Tanenhaus from Brooklyn is  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bedouin_family-Wahiba_Sands.jpg.

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And below is a desert village in Egypt, lines of caves, the header of a blog on Egypt and its agriculture

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And yet another picture of a caravan, camels resting.

Sometimes they have to walk for hours or days.  In the past they carried  trade and traders, and along with their merchandise they brought the news across the desert.

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October 30,2013: The new link to the site quoted below:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/159395875/in/photostream/

The best photos of camels and the desert under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license are by “Templar”  http://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/, where these last three photos are from.




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Yet another  desert flower?  See  http://www.gracehilladultcare.com/id13.html

 

"DesertLocust". Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DesertLocust.jpeg#/media/File:DesertLocust.jpeg

“DesertLocust”. Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DesertLocust.jpeg#/media/File:DesertLocust.jpeg

Comments»

1. David - March 19, 2009

That picture of the Judean hills really strikes my fancy! Following the link to the larger version it’s quite nice. Almost looks like human skin.

2. cantueso - September 3, 2010

I would have liked to get more photos of desert plants, but could not find any good ones.

3. Carl D'Agostino - January 24, 2012

Beautiful pics but a blog titled FISHING is a strange place to cover deserts. Got me laughing.

4. cantueso - October 24, 2012

It is a bad title, and there were surprises. What if in Google you saw a post “The Queen of England Fishing”? After all, her Majesty owns half of the English shoreline. Envious anybody?


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