The White Desert

About the White Desert (taken from here)

In the half-moon light, the large, white rock formations tower above the dark sands in an eerie fluorescent glow, soon after the sun has set in myriad colors over the hot Egyptian desert. Winds through millennia have “sculpted” the chalk figures — many as high as two-story buildings — into countless surrealistic shapes across the White Desert — mushrooms, animals and humans, or colossuses on hilltops. Some look like camels, or “ships of the desert,” the traditional form of desert transport that is making way for four-wheel drive vehicles. Others are reminiscent of pyramids, appropriate in this ancient land that is home to the pharaonic structures. During the day, the blinding rocks add to the desert’s heat, but they can also provide welcome shade from the scorching rays of the sun in temperatures exceeding 120 degrees. At dusk, the formations dance in the evening hues. At night, they stand like enchanted moonlit sentinels in the profound silence.

The White Desert, southwest of Cairo, Egypt’s capital, is on the northern fringe of the Western Desert that joins the Libyan Desert in the west. Beyond that, the great Sahara stretches for thousands of miles across northern Africa.

Both below pictures were taken by me (thus not very professional) in March 2007. For a collection of professional pictures see here.

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Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand. (Qur’an, Chapter 2: al-Baqara, Verse 164)

إِنَّ فِى خَلْقِ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱخْتِلَٰفِ ٱلَّيْلِ وَٱلنَّهَارِ وَٱلْفُلْكِ ٱلَّتِى تَجْرِى فِى ٱلْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ ٱلنَّاسَ وَمَآ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مِن مَّآءٍۢ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ ٱلْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَآبَّةٍۢ وَتَصْرِيفِ ٱلرِّيَٰحِ وَٱلسَّحَابِ ٱلْمُسَخَّرِ بَيْنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ لَءَايَٰتٍۢ لِّقَوْمٍۢ يَعْقِلُونَ

July 6, 2009 - Posted by | Portraits of Egypt

1 Comment »

  1. Indeed Lozah, such amazing nature always make us wonder and ponder about how great is Allah and the perfect nature HE Almighty create for us, if only we think and understand!

    Comment by Hicham | July 11, 2009 | Reply

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