Thought for the day…..” The optimist seems opportunity in every danger, the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity”
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it”.
Said to be the World’s largest sand desert, the Sahara is about the same size as the USA, and covers about 30% of Africa. Antartica and the Artic are larger deserts, but the Sahara is the largest hot desert. Temperatures in summer can reach up to 57 degrees and some of the sand dunes can reach up to 180m, although the Sahara also includes volcanic mountains as well (the highest point is 3415m at Emi Koussi). The name ‘Sahara’ comes from the Arabic plural word for deserts. Seen here is the edge of the Sahara at sunset in Morocco. The photo was taken with an early digital camera (Olympus) many years ago.
Thought for the day….” Do not limit your challenges, challenge your limits”.
” Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” (Albert Einstein).
Did you read the news story that the Bolivian president, Evo Morales gave the UN president (Ban Ki-moon) a cake for his birthday made with coca leaves? The Bolivian president was earlier a coca farmer, and is an advocate of coca for its use in medicines and teas. He even pulled out a bag of coca leaves and began chewing on them during a meeting of the UN Anti Drug group in Vienna in 2012. Coca leaves are used in the production of cocaine, with Bolivia being the world’s largest producer of the drug.
The Sahara is the world’s hottest desert, and after Antartica, is the world’s second largest desert. The name actually comes from the Arabic (plural) word for desert. It has sand dunes up to 180m high, and its highest point is over 3414m high. In summers, temperatures can rise to over 50 degrees. Today’s photo was taken near sunset in Morocco, in a town on the edge of the Sahara.
and a photo from the archives…..Mt. Aspiring (3033m), South Island, New Zealand.
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Thought for the day….” A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Today’s photo comes from Namibia (population about 2.1 million), which has been independant since 1990. The capital is Windhoek, with tourism, mining and agriculture being the main industries in Namibia. It was once a German colony, when it was known as South West Africa. Malaria and AIDS are big problems here, resulting in an average life expectancy of around 52 years. Tourists still come here for the safaris, but probably not to see the world’s largest uranium mine, which is found in Namibia. Around 75% of the country is desert, and the photo is of one of the famous parts.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell