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Through the Middle Atlas Mountains

It's often the luck of the draw - how good your pictures will be taken from the windows of a moving bus. There is often reflection on your side, and sometimes the windows of the coach are dusty, making clear shots difficult. When you do get a good, clear view, you can't avoid the wires running along the road - they're on your side, of course - and you've got no option but to include them in your photos.
But I did my best - shooting everything that would give the viewer a good idea of what this often stark but sometimes beautiful country looked like. The shading of the rocks, the glimpses of what must be a very hard life, the enormous open spaces - all part of this wonderful country of MOROCCO as we drove from Erfoud towards Fez.

USE THE SLIDESHOW OPTION TO SEE THESE PICTURES MOVE PAST, AS IF FROM THE WINDOW OF A COACH.
Using natural stone terraces to dry the date harvest
Using natural stone terraces to dry the date harvest
Ignore the relection - note method of building
Ignore the relection - note method of building
Crumbling adobe walls of an old dwelling
Crumbling adobe walls of an old dwelling
Dates spread to dry - darker ones are ready
Dates spread to dry - darker ones are ready
Could these upright stones mark a cemetery?
Could these upright stones mark a cemetery?
A humble, tiny mosque in a harsh landscape
A humble, tiny mosque in a harsh landscape
This vantage point shows the style of building
This vantage point shows the style of building
Another police check-point - frequently seen
Another police check-point - frequently seen
These three pictures . . .
These three pictures . . .
. . give a panoramic view . .
. . give a panoramic view . .
. . of this huge date palm grove.
. . of this huge date palm grove.
Berber dwelling - with mod cons!
Berber dwelling - with mod cons!
Wide open countryside
Wide open countryside
Curious rock formations - beyond a playing field?
Curious rock formations - beyond a playing field?
The presence of water means green growth nearby
The presence of water means green growth nearby
Is that a walled ksar blending into the landscape?
Is that a walled ksar blending into the landscape?
Wires looping along the pole line lead to a large kasbah
Wires looping along the pole line lead to a large kasbah
Telephone exchange building in a small town
Telephone exchange building in a small town
Remains of an older bridge on the edge of town
Remains of an older bridge on the edge of town
A fine minaret marks the mosque
A fine minaret marks the mosque
A well stocked newspaper shop offers services
A well stocked newspaper shop offers services
An impressive looking modern dwelling
An impressive looking modern dwelling
Elegant little mosque in a harsh country
Elegant little mosque in a harsh country
A large lake formed by a dam in the Atlas Mtns.
A large lake formed by a dam in the Atlas Mtns.
Strangely dry and barren ground around the lake
Strangely dry and barren ground around the lake
Flat topped hills sculpted by the force of nature
Flat topped hills sculpted by the force of nature
A glimpse of fertile green valley below the hills
A glimpse of fertile green valley below the hills
Sculpted hills rise on either side of our route
Sculpted hills rise on either side of our route
Not quite dry, this river is lined with green growth
Not quite dry, this river is lined with green growth
Water in this dry high country means agriculture
Water in this dry high country means agriculture
Simple, square, flat-roofed dwellings are the norm
Simple, square, flat-roofed dwellings are the norm
Centuries of erosion reveal the layers of rock
Centuries of erosion reveal the layers of rock
A welcome rest stop breaks our long day's journey
A welcome rest stop breaks our long day's journey
Flocks of sheep and goats are a common sight here
Flocks of sheep and goats are a common sight here
A wadi - or river - means crops are possible
A wadi - or river - means crops are possible
A patch of green shelters a house in the Middle Atlas
A patch of green shelters a house in the Middle Atlas
More fertile yet - a grove of fruit trees flourishes
More fertile yet - a grove of fruit trees flourishes
A river,  green crops and a range of mountains
A river, green crops and a range of mountains
Road works - a new bridge perhaps - along the way
Road works - a new bridge perhaps - along the way
Could these be irrigation ditches, we wondered?
Could these be irrigation ditches, we wondered?
T'would take a lot of river to fill these banks
T'would take a lot of river to fill these banks
A remnant of a kasbah's watch tower, perhaps?
A remnant of a kasbah's watch tower, perhaps?
Sturdy stone walls enclose a family compound
Sturdy stone walls enclose a family compound
A well built Ksar below the sloping mountains
A well built Ksar below the sloping mountains
There must be water here - see the verdant green
There must be water here - see the verdant green
Spines of rock profile the hills that rise on each side
Spines of rock profile the hills that rise on each side
A barely moving wadi (or river) below our road
A barely moving wadi (or river) below our road
A dry river bed below the endless road coiling past
A dry river bed below the endless road coiling past
This could count as a viallge - but its very small
This could count as a viallge - but its very small
There is always a shepherd with these large flocks
There is always a shepherd with these large flocks
Long sloping hillsides descend from rocky crests
Long sloping hillsides descend from rocky crests
Still inhabited, or a crumbling ruin - its hard to tell
Still inhabited, or a crumbling ruin - its hard to tell
A traditional style house with enclosed garden
A traditional style house with enclosed garden
Green groves of fruit trees, sheltered by the mountains
Green groves of fruit trees, sheltered by the mountains
Black tents of momadic tribes in a harsh land
Black tents of momadic tribes in a harsh land
Possibly an argan tree - giving precious shade
Possibly an argan tree - giving precious shade
We saw patriotic slogans cut into the hillside
We saw patriotic slogans cut into the hillside
Sparse vegetation, rocky outcroppings - middle Atlas
Sparse vegetation, rocky outcroppings - middle Atlas
Remnant of a former home, perhaps a shepherd's hut
Remnant of a former home, perhaps a shepherd's hut
Endless tracts, measureless to man - but note  the pylon
Endless tracts, measureless to man - but note the pylon
* My personal favourite * and my desktop
* My personal favourite * and my desktop
Look closer - this tent is surrouned by bee hives
Look closer - this tent is surrouned by bee hives
Roads cut into the sloping hillside, connecting places
Roads cut into the sloping hillside, connecting places
It's a hard lifestyle to imagine -but there is freedom
It's a hard lifestyle to imagine -but there is freedom
Nomadic people move their tents where grazing's best
Nomadic people move their tents where grazing's best
Stout stone walls shelter this family on the wide plateau
Stout stone walls shelter this family on the wide plateau
We can only wonder at a way of life so different from ours
We can only wonder at a way of life so different from ours
Russet tones in the lower hills as we head north
Russet tones in the lower hills as we head north