Friday, December 12, 2008

"The chicken and the mushroom"

Egypt's White Desert with its white chalk rock formations is one of the most beautiful places you could visit. It is located in the Libyan desert, close to the Farafra oasis, in between Dakhla and Bahariya (west-central Egypt). You have to travel off road with a jeep (and a guide) to get there.

The photo above was taken just a few minutes before sunset. Photographer, Anja Cronenberg says "At that time the light seemed to change the landscape into a pink and blue pastel drawing. Being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by all those surreal rock formations gave me goose bumps of pure happiness. Believe me, it really did! That night we slept on the sand under a sky with so many stars that I felt like I was in a planetarium."

This particular rock formation is called "The chicken and the mushroom." The photo is from September of 2002, made with a Canon EOS300 with standard 28-80 lens. "We love how surreal the landscape is in this shot, and how the people are so dwarfed by the rock formations."

Photographer: Anja Cronenberg from Haarlem, the Netherlands.

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