Intro: One of the vital iconic Saharan Desert experiences is waking as much as an unimaginable dawn over the unending sand dunes, and our morning on the desert camp close to Merzouga actually didn’t disappoint.

“You will note essentially the most superb dawn ever!” That’s what our Marrakech Desert Tours information and expensive pal Youssef informed us after we requested him about our upcoming expertise spending the night time in a desert camp. Charlene and I have been in the midst of our close to two-week journey exploring Morocco and couldn’t have been happier with every part we’d skilled up to now. Trying again, it looks like taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of the busy medinas to spend some quiet time within the Sahara Desertwas the right midway level in our itinerary.

In preparation for the morning dawn, we made certain to set the alarm on our iPhones at 5AM earlier than going to mattress. Having met our great camel trekking/desert camp information Ahmed in addition to some new traveler pals, and driving our manner into the desert from Riad Nezha in Merzouga, we loved a scrumptious dinner collectively. Afterwards, Charlene and I took a night stroll alongside the piles of sand dunes and even learn our Eight-month anniversary vows. I felt like the rest was simply icing on the cake.

Even when the dawn the next morning was identical to every other I’d seen, or (worst case situation) the sky was full of heavy clouds and we didn’t even get to see a dawn, I wouldn’t be dissatisfied (okay perhaps only a tad bit). In spite of everything, we have been visiting Morocco on the finish of November, and simply avoiding the rain could be an accomplishment in itself. Proper earlier than going to mattress, I took a fast peek exterior our tent and seen that a number of small teams of clouds have been beginning to type. I undoubtedly didn’t have excessive hopes at that time.

I can’t recall if I wakened the next morning to the alarm or I used to be simply too wanting to see what it appeared like exterior, however upon sticking my head exterior the tent proper round 5AM, I seen mild was already upon us, however the sky was fairly cloudy. Dawn was going to be proper round 6AM, so we had about an hour to prepare, make our manner as much as one of many close by sand dunes, and hope for some miracle with the solar. I do know I mentioned I didn’t care an excessive amount of, but it surely hit me after I obtained up that this could be the one morning I ever wakened within the Sahara Desert, and I’d be dissatisfied if I didn’t get to see the dawn.

Together with the opposite people in our desert camp, Charlene and I walked over to a close-by sand dune with our jackets and digicam/video gear. It was tall sufficient for us to get a fantastic view of our environment, however nonetheless gradual sufficient of a climb that we have been capable of get to the highest in only a few minutes. Plus, with the sand being so smooth and no laborious landings anyplace in sight, a slip and fall wouldn’t have been the tip of the world.

I arrange my Gitzo tripod with the same old suspect digicam and lens mixture (5DM3 + 24-70mm) on prime of it, obtained the settings prepared for each lengthy publicity and HDR pictures, plugged the intervalometer into the physique to do some hands-free capturing, and simply waited for the solar to come back up. Everybody was fairly excited and nervous, preserving their voices low so that every of us might get pleasure from that second in our personal particular manner.

Slowly however certainly, at 6AM within the far distance dealing with east, a stunning glow of yellow, crimson and even purple progressively crept up from the horizon. What was a dismal, darkish, gray sky not too way back was now a sea of dazzling colours. It appeared like each inch of sand was now on hearth, and we have been standing proper in the midst of all of it. I used to be so enamored with the dawn that I virtually forgot to take photographs, and the few instances I did, was too busy fidgeting round with the settings and preserving the tripod nonetheless.

Though the complete dawn expertise didn’t final too lengthy (roughly 15-20 minutes), I’ve to say it was actually one of the unimaginable I’ve ever seen. What made it additional particular was not having too many individuals round (it felt like our small group of Eight-10 folks had the complete Sahara Desert to ourselves). Plus, with the clouds from the earlier night breaking via when the solar got here up, it truly made the sky that rather more fascinating with its varied colours and helped in diffusing among the harsh lighting in a while within the morning.

Posted on: June 5, 2019, by : admin

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