Life on Mars, in Egypt

I have just come back from Mars. Or, at least, a place so unearthly that it is what I imagine snapshots from a holiday jaunt to Mars – or Uranus, or Jupiter – would look like. Black pitted landscapes of rippling rock. Mineral-rich conical mountains in shimmering oranges and emerald greens. Chalk pinnacles that rise out of the sand in shapes that seem to have fallen straight out of a surrealist painting. It’s a thoroughly alien environment supplanted firmly on earth. This is Egypt’s Western Desert.

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14 thoughts on “Life on Mars, in Egypt

  1. Hope you had a great trip. Lots of the photos looked like they could have been from the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico, US.

    • I’ve been meaning to get to New Mexico for YEARS! A lot of Americans have said how similar some of the landscapes are to my favourite Middle Eastern deserts.

      • Yup, our Southwest is LOADED with good stuff. It’s similar to three places I know for sure: the Med, the Mid East, and Australia. But it actually has quite a diverse landscape depending on the seasons. Come on over. We’d love to have you! πŸ™‚

  2. This is a place i forever want to go. Ive been to the grand canyon, the closes I’ve come to mar. Awesome photos by the way. You got you point across.

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