The Sahara

Sahara is an Arabic word meaning ‘wilderness’ among other things.  It truly is an awesome wilderness.  I spent quite a bit of time in the Algerian Sahara in the 80’s and 90’s doing seismic exploration.  The dunes were spectacular and the Algerians a real pleasure to work with.
Did you know that from about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago the Sahara region was a lush savanna?  There was plentiful rain in the region with pools, plants and all sorts of animals.  Among them was the ostrich.  Today you can find shell shards around many ancient fire sites on the mesas in the area.  Every now and then someone even gets lucky and finds a nearly intact shell that could have been used for cooking or water storage.  Why am I telling you all of this?  The picture above is the result of my doodling with a handful of shards that I collected during my time in Algeria.
There is no end to what you can do with your imagination.

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