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Idehan Ubari

Idehan Ubari (the Ubari Sand Sea) is another enormous expanse of sand that is similar in size to Idehan Murzuq it stretches almost to Ghadames, 500km to the northwest. It seems to have a different topology to Murzuq, with vast panoramas of smaller dunes rolling like the waves in a Hokusai print, but it is every bit as breathtaking. In the late afternoon sun, the shades of colour change constantly depending on the angle of the light and the shape of the dunes. Some 50km up Wadi Gebraoun is the area of the Ubari Lakes, their beautiful stretches of water surrounded by reeds, date palms and tamarisk trees nestling under high ridges of sand. Sunrise in Gebraoun is stunning cool, with translucent blue dawn skies, and nothing in motion except perhaps a lone brown crow flapping along the top of a dune as you wait for the sun to rise over the distant water lying amidst its palm trees in the valley below.
Entering the Sand Sea
Entering the Sand Sea
Wave after wave of dunes...
Wave after wave of dunes...
Changing colour with angle of the sun
Changing colour with angle of the sun
Wind blowing sand off the dunes
Wind blowing sand off the dunes
Collecting firewood
Collecting firewood
Lake Mavo, Wadi Gebraoun
Lake Mavo, Wadi Gebraoun
Tuareg tribesman by the lake
Tuareg tribesman by the lake
Tuareg tribesman by the lake
Tuareg tribesman by the lake
Travelling musicians!
Travelling musicians!
Lake Gebraoun, before dusk
Lake Gebraoun, before dusk
Lake Gebraoun, before dusk
Lake Gebraoun, before dusk
Tea brewing on the campfire
Tea brewing on the campfire
DInner preparations
DInner preparations
Sunrise over Lake Gebraoun
Sunrise over Lake Gebraoun
Sand dune edge
Sand dune edge
Campsite in the dunes
Campsite in the dunes
Footsteps in the sand
Footsteps in the sand
Breathtaking beauty at dawn
Breathtaking beauty at dawn
Shapes and textures of the sand
Shapes and textures of the sand
Shapes and textures of the sand
Shapes and textures of the sand
Lake Gebraoun after dawn
Lake Gebraoun after dawn
The drive to Umm al-Maa
The drive to Umm al-Maa
The drive to Umm al-Maa
The drive to Umm al-Maa
The drive to Umm al-Maa
The drive to Umm al-Maa
Wadi Gebraoun
Wadi Gebraoun
Umm al-Maa, Mother of Waters
Umm al-Maa, Mother of Waters
Umm al-Maa
Umm al-Maa