Though there were more mornings to see before I left Egypt, my days sailing the Nile ended. And this photo marks my last morning seeing the beautiful Egyptian desert we know as the Sahara. An interesting factoid I learned while in Egypt is that Sahara is an English bastardization of the Arabic word for desert. So, when we in the west call it the Sahara Desert, we're really saying Desert Desert.
Whatever you call it though, that amazing landscape that morning was begging for one last photo before heading onward. The sky in those moments before the sun really burst over the horizon was a magical mixture of blues and pinks. Although I've textured this photo, the colors are true to nature that morning. It was just amazing. And I loved that one tenacious tree growing on the fringe of the desert.
It's really amazing the influence the Nile has. As you can see on the right, there are trees, and in fact, going down the slope I had come up, it was thick with vegetation, but only a few feet further and the plants gave way to the drifting sands of the great Egyptian Sahara.
If you've stood there, you'll likely know and understand how much I want to go back. If you haven't had the pleasure yet, I bet it calls to you doesn't it?
January 29th, 2013
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