Photographer's Note

This is not really just "somewhere" in the Sahara desert. This is precisely in a small oasis called El Goléa, roughly some 800 km straight south of Algiers. I just couldn't think of what else to call this picture.

I took this photo on September 25, 1975, probably around 10:30, judging from what I had written in my diary from that journey. I only had vague memories of El Goléa being nice and hot, but the diary confirmed that. I had described how I turned into a narrow road at random and walked between the palm groves, enjoying the pleasant sounds of water running through the irrigation ditches and the light breeze gently swaying the branches.

"I met several people coming my way, adults and children, and most of them greeted me nicely, even several women, most of whom didn't even wear a veil".

As I set out on foot through the oasis I noted that it wasn't too hot. Later in the day, early afternoon, I realized that I was near collapsing from the heat. By then it must have been around 45 °C. While it was still fairly cool, like maybe 38 °C, I even managed to climb that hill twice. I had to go back to the hotel to fix my camera but immediately returned to the hill. At the top were the ruins of a 9th or 10th century Berber fortress. I also noted in the diary that "the view wasn't too bad".

In a workshop I will post a picture from the palm grove, seen from above. Both photos were of course scanned from Kodachrome slides. You can see larger versions of both by right-clicking and opening them in a new window.

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