This was taken driving on the P16 road from Daqas to Kebili (50km), a few minutes before 9am. Daqas is about 5km behind us and my camera was pointing to the north. Focal length is 70mm and the we were traveling 80km/h. It's about 350km (6 hour drive) south from the capital Tunis.
What you see is the dried up salt lake of Chott el-JÚrid (7000km2). The most famous dried up salt lake, that I know, is Bonneville in the US (100km2). The dried up salt lakes are hard, flat and open and are therefore ideal to try and break the land speed record. A lot of these records were broken on Bonneville. The fastest car that drove on Bonneville exceeded 1000km/h! I am facinated by these land speed records and always wondered what the actual surface would be like in real life. I never got the chance to visit Bonneville in the US and am glad to have seen this one.
There is a road, the P16, right in the middle of the lake that is build on a 'dyke'. You can find a couple of spots along the P16 were you are able to descent and actualy drive on the dried up lake yourself. You don't need a 4x4, it can be done with a 2wd car. We didn't though.
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marabu61 (7351) 2012-09-16 14:43
I like the graphism in this photo. The strips of different colors make a very alluring subject.
I imagine that it must have been quite hot in this spot even at 9am. This looks so arid.
Thanks for sharing and have a good week
frunchy (1517) 2012-09-17 2:06
i love the desert! this picture is a nice combination of four elements: sand, salt, rocks and sky. Well done! TFS, best regards, F.
JFS (32459) 2012-09-17 22:54
Excellent shot, well seen and well presented, delicious colors and textures, i like the different bands. A good work!
jemaflor (80650) 2013-04-10 11:13
Nice presentation with the view of this landscape, beautiful colors and light management, I like these 3 layers, interesting effect for the photo composition.
- Copyright: Gilbert Sopakuwa (startacked) (1331)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax *ist DS, SMC Pentax-F 1:4-5.6 70-210mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-16 12:09