Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Desert, Liwa

After our visit with the ladies from Qatar at the Camel Festival souq, we took a drive into the desert. This was the high point of the day for me. I find the vast, wide open land, and the shades of sand, which go from beige to burnt orange to deep tan in gradually higher waves against a cloudless blue sky, reassuring. Like the ocean and the mountains, the natural beauty of the desert has a calming effect on me. If left to my own devices, I could stare at this scenery for a very long time.

For miles, there was nothing but a very well-built road, the desert, and us.

I'm a bit weather-worn here, (sacrificing my vanity yet again for this blog!), but I included this photo because I wanted to show how huge the sand drifts were in comparison to a person.

I love the idea that by tomorrow, there will be a whole new pattern of sand waves out here, depending on which way the winds blow.

Like so many pictures on my blog, it helps to click on the photo to see it in a larger size in order to get an idea of the vastness of this space. Posted by Picasa


American Muslima Writer said...

I think many of us poeple in the Middle East who are drawn to the deserts and can stare at them for ages without fatigue are secretly bedouins in their heart.
I too just stare and stare and stare.... if I could ride a camel and had enough food and water I'd love to travel the deserts with my family. SImple and happy life.

rosh said...

Hmmm that white patches on the sand, I think it's salt?

Frances Gunnison said...

that's what M said - we thought it was salt too.