Sunset Sunday-A Silhouette on the Sand Dunes of the Sahara Desert in Morocco

I’m not sure at which New York event I first met Alex, but our paths cross often in the city. Since Alex runs photography tours I frequently find myself discussing sunset images from around the globe with him. And after our last discussion at an ATA (Africa Travel Association) event we discussed Morocco and Moroccan sunsets. Thankfully, Alex decided to share a moment with the Sunset Sunday series.
camels at sunset in the sarah desert, a moroccan sunset
Scouting in southeastern Morocco, close to the Algerian border, in and around the massive golden dune of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert we planned to set up for the night. Some friends had come along for that part of the journey and after several hours of exploring with 4x4s, camels took us all to the highest point in the dunes for a breathtaking sunset. Later, continuing on to the to our private desert camp where we would spend the night I caught a glimpse of our camel driver headed back up the dunes as the last rays of light grazed the horizon. The silhouettes were too perfect to ignore. While local Berber musicians played away at camp, I ran up the dune to capture more of the magic on Morocco. It’s moments like this one why I consider Morocco one of my favorite places to visit.
-Alex Ros
Thanks Alex. Happy Sunset Sunday
Alex Ros owns Open Sky Expeditions, a boutique tour company that specializes in finely-crafted small group tours. He is smitten with Morocco one of his top destinations where he spent four months last year and has run over 20 tours since 2006. This November, he’ll lead “Morocco: A Visual Feast | Photography Retreat + Expedition to the Sahara,” that will also head to the spot pictured above. You can also find Alex on twitter as @OpenSkyExp.
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  • Maria

    Stunning Sunset Sunday Silhouette

    • craig zabransky

      Yes, ….really stunning. The image definitely makes Morocco even more desirable to visit… stay adventurous, Craig

  • Green Global Travel

    Gorgeous! Such an amazing image that conjures that sense of adventure that we experience as children reading about the discovery of foreign lands and exotic cultures!

    • craig zabransky

      Agreed, it is still a bucket list item for me… probably from my childhood memories – exactly. Stay exotic, Craig

  • jana pekova

    Morocco is photographer’s paradise. There are beautiful images at every corner from green palm groves oasis in the backdrop of volcanic mountains, ruined Kasbahs, typical Berber villages, peak Atlas Mountains and on and on. We had run some photographic tours to the sand dunes of Erg Chegaga that might not be as impressive as Erg Chebbi but for sure much more adventurous.

    • craig zabransky

      Jana, thanks for commenting and sharing… one of these days I’ll need to book an adventure through Morocco… it just looks amazing – and so much to photograph. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • thetravelchica

    I’m a big fan of silhouettes. Beautiful.

    • craig zabransky

      Me too.

  • Abby

    Gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco.

    • craig zabransky

      Abby, me too…..Me too. Stay adventurous, Craig

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      thanks for sharing, one of these years, I need to get myself to this place for a camel ride…. stay adventurous, Craig

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  • MuStapha OuBaHa

    You are welcome To Morocco with your best Travel agency. Thanks

    • craig zabransky

      I look forward to visiting one time soon…. thanks. StayTraveling, Craig