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Morocco - Er Rachidia - Merzouga - Caravan of time

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Watching the sun rise or set over the sand dunes of Merzouga may be the most spectacular experience you have on your trip to Morocco. The Erg Chebbi, the name of these sand dunes, is said to have some of the highest dunes in Morocco. Indeed, the dunes and the desert wildlife are impressive.


The dunes of Erg Chebbi is a strikingly strange natural formation. On the top of the flattest area you could imagine, suddenly a long mountain of sand rises. This mountain is surrounded by flat and desolate nature on all sides, and you could end up wondering if it really is real. But so it is, even if its existence is so weird that it has given rise to lengeds and myths among the locals. One legend tells us that the dunes of Erg Chebbi were created by God as a punishment to the locals of nearby Merzouga after they refused to give shelter to a woman and her child during a local festival. A sandstorm came, and buried the village of Merzouga is it was then.


This is one of my favorite photos I've ever taken and also one of the most appreciated through the time. It was taken from one high dune late afternoon. Unfortunately I only had up to 70mm lens and this is quite big crop.


Camera Model: NIKON D70; Lens: 18.00 - 70.00 mm f/3.5 - 4.5; Focal length: 70.00 mm; Aperture: 8.0; Exposure time: 1/250 s; ISO: 250


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Taken on March 27, 2005