At the top of the dune..

Peter Doré

Queensland, Australia

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When you get to the top, the world is all yours, and it’s sand for ever and ever… Out here in what is called The Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia, there is no one, and nothing, for hundreds of kilometres.

This shot was taken when I was on an expedition of 6 Land Rovers with 12 people, travelling around the borders of Qatar and the UAE and Oman, and then finally up and across the deep Saudi Arabian deserts where the dunes are huge and everything must be carried; food, fuel, firewood, spare parts, tyre repair kits… everything. It’s hard work and terrific driving, and great views!

These dunes rise out of the sabkha (hard dry salt mud..) and are hard climbing. I would guess no-one ever climbed this dune before as there are no people for hundreds of kilometres. And the wind would erase my footsteps almost as soon as I left the dune… no traces.. Camping and travelling in this area is beautiful.

I took this with an Olympus P&S camera as I was getting interested in landscape photography.

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