Fortunately this was no mirage and was very real. It's the swimming pool I talked about in a previous upload. Temperatures were hitting 45c in the western Sahara in August. When I turned on the cold water tap in my room I got hot water. The groundwater used for this pool is cool. The rooms had no aircon or fans and remained hot until early morning.
This area of sand dunes is actually quite small. The sand dune fields in neighboring Algeria to the east are around 10 to 15 times bigger in area.
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rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-09 11:19
hi chris. it doesn't look like a good idea to get to the dunes in august. thankfully the guys set up a pool for refreshing in day time and probably started the caravan quite late.
i stayed exactly at the same "auberge", thanks to the april sun, nobody was quite interested in the pool even after coming back from the dunes. you have fine details of an ababdoned place here.
mvdisco (17794) 2013-11-09 11:30
Hi Chris, Bonjour,
Beautiful point of view and composition,
nice tone of colors and light,
Lovely perpective too,
Royaldevon (39338) 2013-11-09 12:18
Ah, Chris, I see we are through the doorway and residing by the swimming pool. It does look inviting and those parasols will be essential in such high temperatures.
The swimming pool anchors the f/g, providing a natural lead to the blue tiles and the periphery wall. Nice use of the shadows in this f/g area. The inclusion of the sand dunes really adds the context; it is quite obvious that this pool is not situated in western Europe!
I'm surprised there are no bathers taking advantage of the cooling conditions or did you just avoid them?
My warm regards,
rbassin (23043) 2013-11-09 12:22
une très belle photo , avec des contrastes intéressants entre le sable et l'eau de la piscine.
mesutilgim (95378) 2013-11-09 13:13
Hello dear Chris,
Amaing compo from Marocco.
At back the sandhills and at the lower part the beautiful swimming pool like an oasis.
TFS and have a nice weekend
hidibyendu (929) 2013-11-09 14:38
Excellent colorful capture.
very nice sharpness and clarity. this is a simple subject but it is taken with magnificent quality.
lousat (91950) 2013-11-09 15:16
Hi Chris,a very good place to take a break after many kilometeres on the sand and difficult roads..ehhee..i like your choice of point of view,excellent composition whit the special background made by the first Sahara dunes.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (66841) 2013-11-09 16:20
I like the contrast between the swimming pool and the sand dune. The distance between each other is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the swimming pool environment. Have a nice day.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-11-09 17:39
Already you answer my also obvious question about the absense of people, must wait to get them out or sometimes to stay at a place, the time to compose a capture, people or not people, this is the problem
Good to post the piscine, I admit I was curious to have a look at it, in a muslim country it s surrounded by walls but with a magificent view at the golden dunes
Well composed capture of a place to enjoy being despite the heat
Cheers and enjoy Sunday
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fabbs99 (17167) 2013-11-09 22:39
Very nice perspective and good framing, nice colors and depth, excellent overall quality.The light, the colors, the neatness, the depth are exceptional.TFS.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-11-09 23:38
Une association étonnante entre cette grande dune de désert et cette piscine bleue remplie d'eau! Quel contraste!
emka (98664) 2013-11-09 23:54
Hi Chris, really hot must be there. As retired person I can choose better time for travelling and in high season I stay rather at home. I have never experienced such high temperatures even in Australia Red Center. I can imagine how refreshing must have been to plunge in this small pool, but this feeling lasts not so long. Amazing contrast of the golden sands with blue pool .
Warm regrads Malgo
jemaflor (97969) 2013-11-10 0:24
Pleasant view with this contrast etween the swimmingpool in the Fg and the desert with dunes, Nice light on the landscape.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-10 1:34
Hello Chris - Far better than a mirage and in the heat you describe I think I would spend 24 hours a day in the pool! The little corner of cool shade looks deserted and uncared for but I guess the guests are in shot supply. A striking shot where the contrast between blue and warm yellows is attractive and a perfect illustration for your note. Warm regards Rosemary
ktanska (27844) 2013-11-10 2:15
Very special view of certainly welcome place to cool down on the edge of desert. Those sand dunes are quite impressive. Shadows add good contrasts.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-10 2:46
this is an idyllic image, especially on a frosty English November morning. As you say no mirage! but everyone's French Foreign Legionnaire's idea of one. A beautifully executed and presented shot and an original TE image.
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
snunney (99968) 2013-11-10 3:23
The blue-tiled pool makes an excellent and contrasts well with the warm tones of the sand dunes beyond the wall. When the temperature hits 45, the pool is really the only place to be!
jhm (153656) 2013-11-10 5:31
Two elements are pleasant to look at.
We see the reed solar screen with a specially construction.
I like the contrast between the swimming pool and the sand dune
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Colour and sharpness are wonderful to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (80608) 2013-11-10 5:34
On poursuit notre tour du monde en ta compagnie. Une petite pause sur le bord de la piscine au Maroc. Pourquoi pas.. C'est vrai que l'on a l'impression de voir un mirage.
saxo042 (37888) 2013-11-10 7:23
The blue water and the blue tiles are beautifully combined with the background sand and the sand-coloured umbrellas. It looks indeed very pleasant here!
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-11-10 7:39
Not your typical oasis but I like the contrast between the desert and sparkling water of the swimming pool. Good pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
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cebe (1491) 2013-11-10 8:33
First snow this morning and I would not mind being relaxing by this pool for a couple of hours! The contrast between the pool and the dunes works very well. Nice combination of colours too. Great vacation photo. The cushions not properly placed on the chairs give a sort of neglected feel to the place; not sure it was your intention.
Best regards, Claude.
dkmurphys (59145) 2013-11-11 22:29
Very fine exotic image. I like the idea for this scene, attractive and relaxing.
Have a good day.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-11-15 5:11
I like your title Chris, it's really a mirage in the desert, a dry habitat, a swimming pool in such area is not eco-friendly..
Nice place well planned, the view of the dunes (ergs) in the bg is sublime, high quality and resolution, all the best, have a nice day
Cricri (120119) 2013-11-16 3:51
Un endroit merveilleux avec une vue magnifique sur les dunes, beaux contraste des couleurs
ikeharel (72109) 2013-11-19 6:40
Good evening Chris,
A marvelous contrast over this place, not only the blue against the brown colors - but also a great distinguished the living inside the premises with a pool alongside the walls, and the desert landscape outside.
a fine contour lines of the dunes also well captured. A fine bright photo, immaculate sharpness.
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (114565)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-09 10:59