The White Desert

The Sahara el-Beida is a surreal landscape. The wind has eroded the chalk monoliths into forms resembling giant mushrooms, which loom above a dusty pan littered with shells, crystals and iron pyrites. The white chalk changes to gold in the midday sun, violet and pink at sunset and gets an artic landscape by moonlight. Gazelles may be glimpsed at daybreak as they forage.