Camel caravan in the Sahara Desert

Erg Chebbi Dunes of the Merzouga Sahara Desert, Morocco

Camels are the ships of the desert and I had the pleasure of taking on a small cruise, sailing on the sandy waves of Erg Chebbi when visiting Morocco. Dunes of red dust reached far out into the horizon and their soft curves reminded me of a dream I used to have as a child. It seemed surreal as we were standing there at the transition point between flat desert to mighty dunes. I nearly could not grasp the enormity of what was lying ahead of us. We jumped onto the camel train and disappeared into the red sea of sand, distancing ourselves even further from civilisation. The sun was starting to set, casting long shadows across the sand dunes. It was quiet out here. The tranquility of the desert was only abrupted by the unsatisfied roaring of the camels as they were set to work. I love places like this where you can experience absolute silence. My mind automatically detaches from the normal stream of thoughts running through my head and my attention becomes solely focused on the moment.

Just before darkness took over we arrived at the berber camp hidden in the depths of the Erg Chebbi. The dunes towered up around us, encircling a small village of Bedouin-styled tents lined with colorful rugs. Beats resonating from Berber drums filled the air as we settled ourselves around the camp fire. Only guided by the light shimmering down from the full moon, part of the group decided to take on the challenge to rise at the top of the elephantine dune. I stayed put and watched the dark sky slowly being sprinkled with stars, while contemplating the magnificence of this enormous sea of sand.

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Watching the sunset in the Erg Chebbi Dunes located next to Auberge Café du Sud

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Obrigada to Joao Cajuda who organized this tour in partnership with Marrocos.com.
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    1. Thanks Alex! Wish there had been more time to play around with the lights and the shapes - it truly was a unique experience :)

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  2. Åh hvor ser det eventyrligt fantastisk ud!

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    1. Det var det også helt bestemt Sarah! Har du planer om at tage til Morocco? I såfald, sørg for at du har flere dage til rådighed i ørkenen - det er bare alt for smukt og fortjener bestemt mere end én dag ^_^

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  3. really like ur photo sist, btw berapa biaya travel ke moroko? heheh

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    1. Makasih Kholis, so happy to see Indonesian people in here. I've been to Indonesia many time and AKU MENYUKAINYA!! such a beautiful country with amazing people :) I travelled with an arranged tour in Morocco(http://www.joaocajuda.com/travel-with-me/tour-morocco/) so it was a little bit expensive. However food there is okay-cheap, and if you rent your own car and drive around I am sure you can save a lot of money.

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  4. Jeg er helt forgabt i jeres fantastiske billeder her på bloggen og er derfor lidt interesseret i, hvordan disse billeder bliver til.
    Hvilket kamera og objektiver bruger I, redigerer i jeres billeder og i så fald i hvilket program? Jeg er selv meget interesseret i at rejse og tage billeder og vil gerne blive en hel del bedre :-)

    -Clara

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    1. Hej Clara, 1000 tak for din søde kommentar!!! :)

      Vi ejer hhv. Canon 60D + Canon 70D og benytter som standard objektiv begge Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. Der udover har vi også et vidvinkel objektiv Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6. Vi skyder alle vores billeder i RAW frem for JPEG, hvilket giver os større frihed ifht redigering.

      Af redigeringsprogrammer benytter vi det der kom med Canon kameraet "Digital Photo Professional" i kombination med PhotoScape (gratis program). Nogle gange redigerer vi faktisk bare billederne på vores Iphone i apps'ne Snapseed og VSCO - det går lidt ud over kvaliteten/skarpheden af billederne, men det er noget, som vi sagtens kan leve med :) Når vi engang får mere tid til at lege med fotoredigering, da er næste skridt for os at investere i Lightroom, så vi også kan udvikle os på den front.

      Jeg håber at svaret var behjælpelig. Ellers er det jo bare med at komme ud og lege med kameraet! ;) Instagram er også et fantastisk community til at søge inspiration og evt. finde nogle mennesker med samme interesse, som du kan udvikle dig med.

      Til sidst men ikke mindst, VELKOMMEN TIL! Håber du bliver hængende :)

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  5. Holy smokes, how beautiful! I seriously need to go back to Morocco!!

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  6. Utrolig vakre bilder! Den røde ørkensanden minner meg om den namibiske ørkenen, et av de mest magiske stedene jeg har vært, med Dead Vlei som et høydepunkt.

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    1. Ohhh my, you were there! Dead Vlei would be a dream come true for me _ i love how somethig so dead can be so immensely beautiful :)

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  7. These photographs are so beautiful!! Especially the third one

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    1. thank youu, yea i love that one as well! Did you move your blog or make it private, i cant seem to access it anymore?

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  8. Wow, beautiful photos! See you on Tbex this summer, gonna be fun to get to know you!

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