Saturday, 10 June, 2006
I had a layover in Cairo for one night on my way to Sharm el Sheikh. I had never been to Egypt before and was determined to use the small window of opportunity to see the pyramids. I succeeded.
This photo was taken from the top of the 'mountain' as it was called to the south of the pyramids. I had to take a camel ride with a tour guide on a horse carrying my tripod. This was my first encounter with a camel. I've ridden horses from the time I could walk, but riding a camel is a whole different experience. It took my back two days to recover. I have a quick snap of the beast, maybe I'll post it later.
Going for this distant view meant we approached the pyramids from behind the mountain. The pyramids came into view as we reached the top of the mountain. What it must have been like for so many travelers for thousands of years to approach these magnificent monuments on camel and horse back or on foot. To see them rise up out of the desert in the morning twilight inspired a sense of awe and wonder. I guess that's why they call them one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
I didn't have time to get any closer to the pyramids than this. I took some photos of the sunrise, then had to get to the airport.
(Photo info: iso 100, Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.5 lens at 18 mm, f/16, 1/40 sec, tripod), Giza, Egypt, May 18, 2006.
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