As suggested before, my trip went through the wonderful Ait Benhadou city. This place is one of the most well preserved Ksour throughout Morocco.
The Ksar is a group of traditional Kasbah made of clay. This one was classified by UNESCO as World Patrimony.
The Ait Benhadou Ksar tends to be abandoned today. There are only a few families left because of the floods which regularly occur in the rivers around the old Ksar. Indeed, the small oued on the foreground of the picture can become an angry river after few hours of rain.
Most inhabitants of the village chose to build new houses on the other side of the oued, close to the road so as to avoid being isolated during the flood season. We can fear that becomes a threat to the survival of this very demanding kind of buildings. They need constant restoring and maintenance and if no one lives there, they will simply disappear by lack of maintenance.
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maciekda (19895) 2003-11-10 4:29
it is a very interesting place, you presented it really well, the picture and description are both very good, well done!
liakoshim (565) 2003-11-10 4:37
thank you for very interesting information. what really bothers me in this shot is that giant paddle in the foreground. is this really needed? if you want to show the reflections then it does not work very well, as water is too shallow. suggest you crop it out or at least partially to bring out the town and the narrow crop would give a panoramic prospective. otherwise lovely mild light and terracota colours
femkevdh (2633) 2003-11-10 4:53
Hooray for Unesco and hooray for you for telling us and showing us.
very beautiful capture!
mortijo (12828) 2003-11-10 6:05
I like this very much. The colors are warm. As for the cropping suggestion, the panoramic prospective might work, although the water doesn't bother me a bit and I think tha leaving it out would harm the comments.
martin (1242) 2003-11-10 6:35
I like the composition and colours -- and the notes.
Didi (57492) 2003-11-10 6:55
Vous avez orienté votre prise de vue de manière à obtenir un éclairage semi latéral, afin de ne pas obtenir une image plate.
Le cours d'eau complète la composition conformément à votre très bonne description.
tworivers (573) 2003-11-10 9:30
interesting archutecture and your comments too are very good.love all the rich adobe colors in the frame. shadows are a bit dark however do help distinguish the buildings.very nice image.
greg (2835) 2003-11-10 17:44
What a beautiful place - I really enjoyed this picture.
CoolDan (2516) 2003-11-10 21:00
It's a very interresting story.
C'est un commentaire très instructif.
Que voilà une très intéressante composition: couleurs très chaudes, belle angle de pose et une belle architecture. C'est superbe.
ninadev (5377) 2003-11-11 7:24
Très intéressante note et très agréable image de cet ancien village bordé de palmiers au pied duquel coule ce oued. J'aime bien voir cette eau dans cet environnement désertique. L'angle de prise de vue donne du relief aux bâtiments avec ses parties éclairées et ombrées. Quant au mot Ksar, ou Qsar ou Qser, on m'a dit en Egypte que sa signification était "château" ou fortification, probablement à l'origine du mot anglais castle.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-10-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, 35-280mm f2.8-8.0, JPEG 100 ISO, Hama UV 72 mm
- Exposure: f/2.9, 1/1614 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: 13 DAYS TO DISCOVER SOUTH MOROCCO
- Date Submitted: 2003-11-10 4:03
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