Photographer's Note

A boy is returning from the cultivated fields in the dunes, at the end of another very hot day.

Taken in Qasr al-Farafra the capital of Farafra oasis at the Western Desert, about 500kms SW of Cairo. Behind the village, I took a walk in these palm groves, which looked lovely at this time, about one hour before sunset. The sun was still very strong, though, and it was nice that the burning sun rays couldn’t get through the trees in this dusty path. The palm groves are divided into walled gardens planted with olive and fruit trees as well as date palms and in this area it looked like a thick forest.

Farafra Oasis is the sleepiest, least populous and most isolated of the four inner oasis that lie on the Great Desert circuit that begins in Cairo or Assyut: Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga.
Qsar al-Farafra was once the only village in the oasis but now has been colonized by modern infrastructure and in the last 20 years its population has shot up to 5000 due to better heathcare. It’s shops and market are still meager, though, and frugality is the order of the day.

Alternative B&W in the WS.

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Additional Photos by Ricardo Lopes (riclopes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6857 W: 151 N: 10359] (35577)
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