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Yemen - The Empty Quarter Desert

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This photo was taken just after the sunrise. It was not the most impressive desert place I’ve ever visited but I still managed to get some nice shots. It was taken in surrounding of troubled Marib area where we have been constantly accompanied by police, army or Bedouins. Marib, one of the key centers of the trade routes of the region, was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the Sabaean kingdom and the site of some of the world's earliest civil construction projects.


To get to this desert place we have departed Marib at 5AM (accompanied by a armed bedouin) & travelled through the “incense road” across the undulating deserts of the Empty Quarter (Ramlat Al-Sab'atayn) to reach Sayun in the afternoon. It was one of the most amazing drives that took us across dessert with no sign of human existence through hundreds of kilometers.


I've included human figure in top left corner to give feeling of scale.


Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, f/8, 0.006 sec (1/160), ISO 200, 18 mm


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Taken on December 21, 2007