Towns, villages, places, views




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The access drive to Mehara Gardens
in Marrakech is desert. Maybe due
to the 50¢X Celsius temperature?


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Night view of Jama El Fna square.
This is the outdoor dining part.
See also a Panoramic View

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A view in the small Atlas

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Village in the Ourika Valley

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Another village in the Atlas


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Colours of the Atlas

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On the road from Marrakech to Fes

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  Another coloured view
between Marrakech e Fes



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Burial ground in Fes.
This is one of my favourite shots
(No, I'm not depressed...)


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Moulay Idriss
as seen from Volubilis


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An artificial lake. Filled
recently, it seems...


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A mountain village
on the road to Tafraout


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A crumbling village on the
road to Tafraout


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Can't remember the name of this
village. It was far too complex
to write down ...


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Houses in Tafraout


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The North Atlantic coast near
Massa


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Sunset time in Massa beach
(South half)


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Sunset time in Massa beach
(North half)










 

Agadir beach


We stayed there for a whole week, I coudn't avoid fotographing it many times... Agadir beach is very nice, the sea is not so beautiful (at least to my eyes). A striking thing, at least to a Mediterranean person like me, is the tide size. Being on the Atlantic Ocean, the rise of the tide is almost two meters in heigth, and the result is two different beaches, one on low tide times, one in high tide times. When we arrived at the beach in the morning it vas very wide, and you had quite a walk to touch the water, while little after noon the width of the beach was about one fourth. The rising tide is quite a view. The structure of the beach, with its very low dunes, creates small rivers of water going inside, small islands quicly disappearing, and this make great fun for all the kids on the beach, running thru and splashing into the tiny rivers coming from the sea. On the beach you can find tourists from abroad, tourists from other parts of Morocco and Agadir people. Access to the sea is free (this is a great democratic civilization sign, in Italy big chunks of beach are for private access only!!), and the private bathing establishments are limited to a narrow strip close to the hotels. On the Southern end of the beach, where the hotel zone is over, there are sand dunes a few meters high which make the landscape a bit "saharian desert" style (some imagination required). Looking northwards from the beach, a hill is always visible with a huge inscription in arabian characters. I can't read arabic, and any help is welcome to know if the writing says "God, homeland, king" as someone said. If you can confirm or deny, please drop me a note. During the day the inscription is clearly visible (I believe it's made with rocks, but I don't know for sure). During the night the inscription is illuminated, and makes a nice sight from te town.
The day before leaving I had an evening "sunset shooting" session. The sky was absolutely stainless and you could see the sun crossing the horizon and plunging into the sea from the cloudless sky ... an amazing sight!



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The beach in the morning
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The southern part of the beach


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Shells on display for sale.
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The beach starts to become busy

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Desert style sand dunes
at the Southe end of the beach


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In the distance, the low tide
uncovers sand which leads
to the breakwaters


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A sand castle built by some
Italian tourist ... wink


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A magical athmosphere for
the last bath at sunset


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Glittering sunlight.
Last sun rays for today.


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Fat Old Sun is gonna plunge soon


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... in two minutes ...


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... even the last bit is sinking
under the horizon.


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The beach sand is turning deep pink,
the first lights are lit


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Last sunset glimpse.
The beach has never been this beautiful.


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The inscription over the hill
throws light rays over Agadir nights



Panoramic views
You can build panoramic views taking several photos in series and stitching them together using specialised software programs. The result is not bad at a first sight, but often leaves visible defects in the overlapping parts. Making good panoramic views is not an easy task, and all the following examples have quite visible flaws, but trying to ignore them, the pictures are very evocative, at least for us who where there ... pernacchio




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  Jama El Fna square at night


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View on the Ourika Valley
(near Marrakech)


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  Ourika Valley (near Marrakech)


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  An artificial lake on the road from
Marrakech to Fes


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Fes view, taken from a roof in the Medina
AKA the satellite dish forest


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Panoramic view of Old Fes (Medina),


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  On the road to Tafraout


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Almost desert surroundings of Tafraout.
The pic(s) was taken from the top of the painted hill
It should have been a 360 panoramic view, but after
the third shot my camera batteries were gone, and I
didn't have spare ones in my pocket...
purtroppo


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  Panoramic morning view of Agadir beach (Looking North)


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