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Erg Chebbi
2010 Tomasz Dziubinski

Erg Chebbi

Sahara, Morocco

Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي‎), in southeastern Morocco, is one of two Saharan ergs in the northwest African nation (the other is Erg Chigaga near M'hamid). Its distinctive ergs — large dunes formed by wind-blown sand — reach up to 150 meters high, and form a composite erg 22 km long (north-south) and 5 km wide. The village of Merzouga, about ten hours from Marrakesh or Fez, is located near the edge of the dunes. The dunes are a popular tourist destination.

The erg is located roughly 40 kilometers southeast of Erfoud. The local center for tourists is the village of Merzouga. The locals believe that these dunes were sent as punishment for turning away a weary traveler from the desert. They say that shortly thereafter, the gods made the dunes pile up outside their town as a lesson never to send away another needy wanderer.

Nikon D3S ,AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
1/100s f/16.0 at 85.0mm iso200 full exif

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C Ann How09-Jan-2011 03:00
Fabulous! V
Graeme07-Dec-2010 23:03
Excellent capture indeed, Tomasz.V
Bartosz Kotulski07-Dec-2010 10:19
very nice composition. like the colors and beautiful mood here
lou_rozensteins07-Dec-2010 08:20
A beautiful composition. Well done.
Patricia Kay07-Dec-2010 06:55
A beautiful scene with excellent details Tomasz...BV
Betty Vlasiu07-Dec-2010 06:20
Excellent work!
Paco López07-Dec-2010 05:16
Superb! V!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)06-Dec-2010 23:03
very beautiful capture! v
mart s06-Dec-2010 22:54
beautiful image
Jola Dziubinska06-Dec-2010 20:05
Terrific capture and light. V.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad06-Dec-2010 18:10
Cropping a bit of sky off the top would strengthen the composition, in my opinion.
Bill Gallagher06-Dec-2010 17:33
Nice composition, like the POV. V
Jim Coffman06-Dec-2010 17:09
Excellent capture!! V
Gérard Koehl06-Dec-2010 16:20
La composition est magnifique; V
s reeves06-Dec-2010 15:53
Love the texture brought out by the sidelighting.
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