Morocco, and all it’s wonders … part 1

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Morocco, April 2019

‘Morocco’s location has dictated its history:  Every major European power felt the necessity to control the mouth of the Mediterranean at one time or another. Each left its mark.  Following centuries of Arab and occasional Berber rule, Morocco became a protectorate of France in the early 1900’s; it gained independence in 1956.’

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9terrain

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This North African nation has the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Algeria to the east, and Mauritania to the south.  The terrain ranges from coastal plains to mountains and deserts. The Atlas Mountains average 11,000 ft in elevation.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this country, and I love to write about what I photograph…  Morocco has many sides and facets and I plan on sharing each one in its own post.

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The Faces of Morocco, my first love

This man was one of our camel jockeys and is of Berber descent. And that in the background is the sand of the Sahara …

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2markets

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The Markets:

  Never buy the item for the price that is suggested by the seller… you must bargain.

I’ll admit that wasn’t my strong suit, but I was always happy with my purchase.  There are many more markets to explore thru my lens …

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The Foods:

  There are 52 varieties of Olives in Morocco. The olive is a staple in their diet and every meal was served with olives.

  Lamb, chicken, meat, fish, carrots, potatoes, and couscous are typical of the main ingredients. Spices like cumin and paprika are added to these dishes, all of them are delicious!

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The Artisans:

Someone who does skilled work with their hands… and there are plenty.

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5Sahara

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The Sahara: 

Camels and more camels . ATV’ing, sleeping, and dancing under the stars …

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6Tannery

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The Tannery in Fes

Another favorite shoot …  Imagine lifting those soaked hides from the vat, one after another, only to do it again in the next solution.  I will explain in more detail when the time comes.

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7pottery

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The Pottery Factory in Fes

Visiting the pottery factory was another highlight. Shooting for color, texture, and detail … the up close and personal that I love.

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8streets

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The Streets of Morocco

This image was taken in Chefchaouen, the Blue City.

No two cities, that we visited, were alike.

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10Mosques

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The Call to Prayer  … 5 times a day

This is Hussein II Mosque. It is the 3rd largest Mosque in the world.  The largest is located in Mecca, and the second largest is in Egypt.

So I have showed you 9 points that interest me … and the 10th being the Moroccan terrain.  The one thread that all of these topics have in common is color, the colors of Morocco are abundant everywhere.

I hope I have piqued your interest, please stay tuned for my next full post:

The Faces Of Morocco

14 thoughts on “Morocco, and all it’s wonders … part 1

  1. Very cool Mitch!

    *From:* 5 Days Ago .. [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Tuesday, May 7, 2019 2:34 PM *To:* bob@bobgargaro.com *Subject:* [New post] Morocco, and all it’s wonders … part 1

    5daysago posted: “. Morocco, April 2019 ‘Morocco’s location has dictated its history: Every major European power felt the necessity to control the mouth of the Mediterranean at one time or another. Each left its mark. Following centuries of Arab and occasional Berber rul”

  2. Excited to see all your wonderful and very talented photos. You are off to a great start.

  3. Beautiful Michelle! Can’t wait to see the rest of Morocco thru your lens! The way you capture emotions in your work is amazing!

  4. Beautiful photos.. thank you for sharing your tour and your highlights. The colors are magnificent!

  5. The picture of the camels reminds me of Christmas. Great photos – as always. So glad I didn’t miss these!

  6. Michelle, You have really become the world traveler and photographer. Great photos Michelle! This is Angela Dellutri from Eric’s class that we took together.

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