lost in the desert

I look at this photo.. it seems unreal.. but it is exactly as you see it..

i arrived late at nite to some place in the middle of the desert in Morocco..... i had no idea where i was... all i knew is i’d wake up to such majestic landscape like id never seen.

a man name Ali knew i was a photographer and when i woke he told me there was a woman getting water from deep in the sand and to hurry out there... so off i ran with my camera, in bare feet walking briskly across the sand..what a bloody FOOLLLLLL i was!!! you never leave without water and shoes...

i walked and walked and every time i thought i was getting closer she moved further and further away.. what i thought was five minutes took a good half hour or more..

i was so lost in my rapture of seeing her out there all alone appearing out of what seemed like no where..i mean where could she have come from…... i stood watching. shooting.. trying to speak in sign language... and then when it was time to go i turned around and saw nothing but sand as far as the eye can see..... i panicked. which way did i come from??? am i going to be lost? my heart started pounding...

the sand was getting very hot. my feet hurt..i was jumping up and down as i walked to get them cool... i threw something down on the ground and jumped to it every few steps..

slowly i saw something in the distance and there was Ali so far away like a speck of blue in the distance with his turban ... waving for me...yelling Nina.....he said he was just about to start looking for me...

lesson learned..... but a memory so special..... i think about this desert.. the feeling i got from being there... hope one day i can return there... and many other places on my hit list... and have a partner or friend to share in some of these wonderful experiences...the laughter.. the joy... the growth