Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sands of the Sahara – Erg Chebbi, Morocco

An Erg is a sand dune made from wind blow sand that collects naturally against another geological barrier- in this case it was the Atlas Mountains of Morocco that acted as the receptical for copious deposits of soft white Saharan sand.   Erg Chebbi isn’t formally part of the Sahara.  Some people call it the pre-Sahara.  But after an 1-hour long camel ride into these dunes that sore up to 450 feet high, it really didn’t matter.  I was in another world.

The dunes are a photographer’s dream:  Azure blue skies, wind carved curves, parabolic shadows, and sand in every direction.  Snow white sand in the morning turn yellow as the sun rises, and then minutes later as the sun breaks the horizon, the sands burst into a vivid orange.

Men of Morocco


THE FACES of Moroccan men staring back at me in my camera viewfinder wore the effects of the raw North African environs, a hearty Moroccan lifestyle, and a confluence of ancient Arab, European, and North African lineage.   Men here lived long and full lives as was evident in their weathered and richly earth hued faces.  We were there during the Fall when the climate was brisk during the day and cold enough to see your own breath in the evenings and mornings so these men still wore the Djelleba, a traditional  hooded full body robe.  Few people of other world cultures are as as photogenic as these Men of Morocco.