One of the most rarified experiences on Planet Earth is a sojourn to Egypt’s White Desert. Five hours by 4wd south east of Cairo, this stunner of mother Nature is basically all white and cream colored and composed solely of chalk formations altered only by sandstorms.
The dawn horizon is a pastel wonder. On the horizon the golden light fades into pink that fades into a pale blue before it reaches the intense blue sky. Sunset is always bathed in intense orange that makes black silhouettes of the regal formations.
These formations, up to fifty feet in height, resemble abstract sculptures. Wind is the only sculptor that changes their shapes. Rainfall is virtually unknown. You may marvel at a “sculpture” that resembles a twelve-foot mushroom. But come back in two months and it may morph into a foot high round edged “table”. That’s part of the magic of this ever-changing landscape.
On arrival when my guide asked me where I would like my tent pitched I excitedly pointed and said ‘There! No there! Uhhhh—here is great! NO– HERE! “ Wherever you put it set the stage for a grand vision as you opened your tent in the fabled dawn light was right for this glorious outdoor museum of nature.