Photo of the Day (8.3.10)

Fancy an expedition in the desert of North Africa? Then add Merzouga, Morocco to your list. Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco that is famous for its proximity to one of Morocco’s two massive ergs (large dunes formed by windblown sand) – Erg Chebbi.

This image of two Toureg people was photographed by Flickr user Maïlys just outside of Merzouga. The contrast of color, ideal lighting, and expressions captured all make this a great shot. The Touareg, also known as Imashaghen (“the Free people”) or Kel Tagelmust (“People of the Veil”), have thrived as the primary inhabitants of the Saharan interior for thousands of years.

Have you encountered a lifestyle completely opposite from yours during your travels? Have pictures to prove it? Submit them to our Flickr Pool and we’ll consider it as our next Photo of the Day!