Photo of the Day: Erg Chebbi Dunes
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On a sand dune camel ride, it takes a pretty unimaginative traveler not to conjure Lawrence of Arabia reveries. And it's hard to look at Dream Trip 2008 finalist Tiffiny Aasen's winning image from her trek along Morocco's Erg Chebbi (and read her evocative description of her adventure) without hearing the cinematic masterpiece's sweeping soundtrack in your head.
"Driving along the winding road from Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains in a minivan," Aasen writes, "our driver hummed along with the oud, darbouka, rabab, and taarija instruments that played on his cassette. The music brought life to the adobe structures that speckle the valleys stretching out 14,000 feet below. The contrast created upon emerging from the green winding life of the Atlas onto the dry straight road leading to the Erg Chebbi Dunes was the first hint at the powerful experience that was to come. Later, with the sands set aglow at sunset, I perched high on a camel and met my guide's gaze for this photo."
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