‘Marrakech - The red jewel’
With 200 towers and 20 gates, Marrakech's pinkish-red walls and ramparts stretch for almost 20 kilometers.
The walls are built from a mixture of mud, straw and lime (known as pisé).
When this mixture is dry, it has become as hard as brick. The pink-red colour of the walls is a result of pigments in the local earth.
The colour varies depending on the time of the day and of course the weather.
This picture is taken with a setting sun behind me which makes that the walls and the buildings become fiery red.
The gate you see is the Bab el Djedid. Behind the walls you find the modern Hôtel la Mamounia, built in the traditional style as many new buidlings in Marrakech.
Sometimes Marrakech is called ‘the jewel of the south’.
At that time of the day it’s a red jewel.
This is my second bookmark I made from a pic of my Morocco series.
I hope you aren’t bored yet …
In the workshop another picture of the walls, taken at the same hour.
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paololg (31448) 2011-06-14 10:39
Ciao dear Paul,
your beautiful and interesting image shows well that this is truly a jewel of Arab architecture. You have captured a nice moment of daily life, with a perfect photo quality. Very nice, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Wednesday!
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-06-14 10:55
Hi Paul, Super photo, love the horse and carriage,great colour's, Cheers Iain.
ikeharel (76033) 2011-06-14 12:28
Marvelous arial photo of the known location, unique in it's red/orange tone, Paul.
Well taken shot at dusk, yet enough light collected to emphasys it's virtue.
The fountain and tyhe cariege adding dynamic sense to image.
lousat (95788) 2011-06-14 12:50
Hi Paul,magnificent large version under the moon from one of my prefered cities of the world.Very impressive view and a great quality of sharpness,colors and light balance.I like it!Thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano
Graal (103038) 2011-06-14 23:59
nice place in Marrakech. Good panoramic composition and interesting complementary view in WS also. I like the scenery with the cab on FG. Photos well done.
Have a nice day.
sacimar (27695) 2011-06-15 6:26
interesting image of Marrakech, I understand why the red jewel with your picture, impressive architecture and colors, good details and composition, well done,
Hansaphotos (8469) 2011-06-15 11:49
A nice capture of the red juwel. The panoramic format works well here, giving us an impressive view of the red walls. Great work! TFS. Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
mesutilgim (96714) 2011-06-15 13:05
An American economist (Schumann) used to say "small is beautiful". This capture is sizewise a small one but very nice.
The red flags and the green charriot driven with a couple of white horses put's life in the scenery.
TFS and best regards
resat1972 (7576) 2011-06-15 13:26
Colors very nice
very good composition
live in a beautiful frame
TopGeo (38216) 2011-06-15 22:52
Hi Paul!The composition, colors, resolution, and the subject - they all collaborate like the instruments of a great orchestra from Marrakech - The red jewel 'Along with the unusually detailed and informative note are perfect capture with a elements in FG
Thank you for sharing and good day.
jhm (157798) 2011-06-16 3:25
Ik heb iets geleerd vandaag ik wist niet dat de muren gebouwd waren uit los grond materiaal.
Wel schitterend om te zien.
U heeft werkelijk een schitterende foto gemaakt.
Goede compositie, ook de kar en paarden samen met koning auto op hetzelfde plaatje, mooi gedaan, bedankt.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-16 7:06
Dag best Paul,
D'abord merci pour ton commentaire de ma photo de 1973. C'est la 'blue hour" que tu as postée il y a quelques jours qui m'a donné l'idée d'aller rechercher cette vieille image.
tu nous offres ici une image plus moderne de Marrakesh, plus modren mais tout aussi colorée. Ces couyleurs sont magnfiquement montrées ici. J'apprécie aussi beaucoup la composition horizontale que l'on découvre un peu comme un film.
adramad (48366) 2011-06-16 10:11
Two stunning compositions, this and the photo of the WS, both show us some beautiful angles of the walls of the city.
Beautiful coloring you've captured, I think light of afternoon, as I see the moon in this picture, the carriage, a touch to the picture perfect.
Great light management, good sharpness and color.
hay_kes (31439) 2011-06-16 23:17
Very beautiful panoramic view and
good colours and perspective.TFS.
raszid62 (18515) 2011-06-17 6:45
Beautiful red walls of the old and the world-famous city of Marakesh. This place is like the story of Princess Scheherazade. Beautifully executed panorama in the evening light. In the sky, even the moon. Excellent colors and perfect sharpness.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-06-17 9:56
very beautiful scene with the horse carriage, the background color of a building from the very beautiful and striking, fantastic moon.
great shot and good WE
dip (23890) 2011-06-18 2:29
very nice capture of the daily life scene with many beautiful details,
good point of view and great clarity and sharpness!
patdeph (35748) 2011-06-18 2:39
J'aime beaucoup cette lumière qui a intensifié les couleurs en les rendant encore plus belle,et je trouve que le WS mériterait un post principal.Pour cette photo,j'aurais préféré une vue décalée sur la droite,éliminant la porte et les voitures qui à mon avis n'apporte rien à la compo.Et puis,tu peux continuer avec tes photos sur Marrakech,je ne m'en lasse pas.
emka (104160) 2011-06-18 10:24
Hi Paul, Strange bookmark - horizontal. I think rather about vertical ones, this is for me panorama. But not important, nice photo of the red walls of Marrakesh. It is really a jewel, and a full moon is a bonus.
pajaran (64344) 2011-06-18 21:57
Uradili ste seriju lepih fotografija sa dobrim tekstovima iz Maroka ...
Dobar trenutak snimka sa kocijom, fontanom sa mlazevima vode i zastavama koje se vijore na vetru, lepa tradicionalna arhitektura i boje.
Moje cestitke na dobrom radu i lepim fotografijama iz Maroka.
Prijatan dan sa dobrim odmorom.
You have done a series of nice photos with good articles from Morocco ...
A good time recording with a carriage, a fountain with jets of water and flags fluttering in the wind, beautiful traditional architecture and colors.
My congratulations on the good work and beautiful photographs from Morocco.
Have a nice day with good rest.
gunbud (34066) 2011-06-19 8:03
Charming scene with the old architecture matcing the the old form of transport.
Very clear colors and sharp details to this unique area.
Schnappilic (9692) 2011-06-19 11:29
Very successful panorama with soft light. A really daily life picture!
All the best,
Charo (51212) 2011-06-19 14:34
Very good overview of the city walls and the magnificent building on the right.
An image that conveys a sweet calm at sunset.
Beautiful colors and excellent light.
mafegan (8624) 2011-06-19 20:21
Good cropping to show us many details of this exotic destination. The moon is a bonus and well positioned.
josepmarin (58359) 2011-07-05 3:57
the reddish tones created by the sunset light on the architecture of Marrakech's walls give a nice chromatism to the photo.
The daily scene is very vital and dynamic, and has a great graphical wealth, due to interesting elements as the carriage, the water jets in the fountain, and the red flags of Morocco.
It is a beautiful composition.
Waylim (25502) 2011-09-02 19:38
This is a beautiful shot from Marrakesh. the timing is perfect with the low sunlight, the moon rising, the horse carriage make it even more romantic, I love how you avoid all the busy traffic. Excellent quality and lovely panoramic view with beautiful composition.