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We were visiting the Valley of Giza, when I glimpsed an entirely unexpected sight — a slowly moving caravan of individuals on horseback. The valley abounds in the foundations of temples torn down or temples never completed, it features the ageless Pyramids, and, of course, the endless shifting sand. Usually one sees life in the form of fellahin hawking rides on camels, children selling postcards, but the site of equestrians... now that is rare.

The somewhat subdued colors, I fear, are due to shooting the scene through the window of a bus. I did not have the opportunity to get off and take the picture.

Postscript in response to Stephen Nunney. The Valley of Gizah holds intense nostalgia for me. In 1946 when I was still a child, I visited the Pyramids with my parents. Then six decades later, just before shooting the crowded equestrian photo above, I showed our guide the ancient photo on my iPhone. He became excited and immediately produced a pair of camels for us... in order to recreate a similar photo, this time with my wife . A three thousand year old setting is perhaps not the best place to bandy about the word "ancient," except in the context of photography.

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