Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Erg

Waves of Sand Dunes, near Al Ain, UAE  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view) 


Like a storm tossed sea, tall waves of sand dunes pitch into the distance outside the city of Al Ain. This picture is a hint of what the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert must look like. The Rub' al Kahli extends from the UAE into Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen, and is the largest sand desert in the world. 

This image was taken from camelback while passing through the desert near sundown. Taking pictures from a moving camel is a bit like being on a storm tossed sea... a constant rocking up and down motion. 

Erg is a geological term derived from the Arabic erq
meaning "a vast desert landscape".



20 comments:

  1. Magnificent composition with lovely feeling of texture ( I imagine it's because of the wind ). I image you and Becky riding a camel, I'm always curious about this huge adorable animal!Did you take pictures of the camel? :D
    hugs
    Léia

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  2. Love curves of this red dune. I love all photo of desert

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  3. Atemberaubend und wunderschön!

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  4. That IS an erg!
    Thanks for the vocabulary lesson today.

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  5. Remarkably perfect for a shot taken from a moving camel, Doug! A beautiful composition. Love the lines and shadows.

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  6. One can feel the texture of the sand...
    Great timing, with just the right amount of shadow.

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  7. Very impressive (especially considering the fact that it was taken while riding a camel!)

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  8. Fantastic shot! (wow...from the top of the camel?!!)
    Beautiful composition and light/shadows!
    :)

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  9. This looks like a Martian landscape – reddish, dry, inhospitable and forbidding. At the same time it is very beautiful and alluring.
    To see this in person must be breath-taking and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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  10. C'est une très bonne photo !

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  11. Wonderfuil location...was it a case of camera in one hand - sickbag in the other!

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  12. Sensational Doug. How you managed to get such clarity from the back of a camel I will never know.

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  13. We have been crazy with the photos you!
    Good morning good week from Thessaloniki-Greece
    Paul

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  14. What? Your dromedary did not come with a hand brake?
    Try my yak next time. "o)

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  15. ask any child to draw a picture of a desert, and most will come up with this ... sand dunes as far as the horizon! and this is really the epitome of a desert ... like a slowly moving sea of sand !!!

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  16. Just seeing the picture, it seems I felt the heat of the desert.
    Amazing place.

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  17. A sea of sand, with huge waves! Fantastic!
    Have a nice day.

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