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I am a regular reader of Wanderlust magazine which always poses a particular question to everyone they interview:

‘Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle - which are you ?’

When I consider what I would reply, I am always torn between desert and mountains as both landscapes create in me the same sense of awe. For this entry though, I will focus (pun intended!) on deserts.


We were fortunate to have travelled in Syria in 1996, and therefore long before the current troubles facing the country erupted. It was there that I first experienced the vastness of a desert sky, as our bus travelled the long distances between sights. One day I should share my old slides of that trip here but for now here is just one, taken at a remote desert fuel station.

Syrian desert scene


Here’s an even older photo, showing my very first taste of the desert, on the edge of the Sahara in Tunisia in 1986 – our first sunset camel ride.

Camel ride in Tunisia


On the road in the Kalahari

A more recent holiday in Africa took us to Namibia, where we hired a car to explore independently. Our route took in both the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, which are very different – the former more scrub, the latter classic sand dunes.

Kalahari sunset

The Namib Desert at Sossusvlei

Big Daddy sand dune, Sossusvlei

Dead Vlei


The ultimate desert experience here was our balloon flight over the dunes at sunrise:



Arizona and Utah

The number of old photos in this blog is emphasising for me how long my attraction to desert landscapes has lasted. Here is a selection from a road trip through the desert states of the US south west back in 1993.


Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon

Coral Pink Sand Dunes


While on a Silk Road tour of Uzbekistan in 2007 we spent one night in a yurt in the Kyzylkum Desert. This is the 16th largest desert in the world and its name means Red Sand in the Turkic language, although as you can see, where we camped the sand was more yellow than red!


At our Kyzylkum yurt camp

And again we had the obligatory sunset camel ride:



These sunset camel rides are becoming a bit of a recurring theme! Here’s our most recent one, in the deserts of western Rajasthan (with apologies for reposting photos of a trip already shared on a separate blog here):



Desert camp near Samsara


Most recently I have had my ‘desert fix’ in the Atacama region of Chile. As with Rajasthan, I have shared many photos of that trip on a separate blog here, but here are just a few of my favourites to finish this entry:


Water in the desert, at the Salar de Atacama


The Valle de la Luna

Posted by ToonSarah 07:53 Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises desert india chile camp africa camel photography syria past_travels

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Great deserts. I love deserts too !

by sachara

Thanks for your visit Ali - yes, we share our love of deserts for sure :)

by ToonSarah

I love the shadows in your photo, the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei. I'm a desert person. We lived in the Mojave Desert for 20 years and I loved it. I taught in the upper desert and looked out of my room at Joshua trees. When they bloom in the spring, it's magic. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

by Beausoleil

Another set of fabulous set of pictures

by Easymalc

Thank you both ? Sally, I forgot about Mojave - I have some old slides of our California road trip somewhere (our first ever in the US) including Joshua Tree and surrounding area. I must look those out too!

by ToonSarah

Great pictures. Although deserted, deserts are brimming with interest both visual and otherwise.


Thanks Adam - I agree!

by ToonSarah

Lovely pictures Sarah..

by Wabat

Thanks Albert ?

by ToonSarah

WoW!! Love the Dead Vlei pic and Chili one. Stunning graphic pix Sarah! Well done mate.

by aussirose

Thanks again Ann. I reckon it would be hard not to get good photos of Dead Vlei, it's so distinctive, but I was chuffed with my Chile photos :)

by ToonSarah

mother nature is amazing isn't she! :)

by Ils1976

Indeed Ils

by ToonSarah

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