Sands of solitude: Flickr photo of the day

Christy Karras

Sometimes, we travel for excitement, hoping to meet new people and have new adventures. But other times, we just want to get away from it all, be alone for a while with our thoughts. The Sahara Desert might be one of the world’s best places to sit and think, undisturbed, while the clouds pass by.

Spanish photographer Victoria Rivas titled this photo “Contemplación,” and her description couldn’t be more apt. The slightly moody, mostly empty sunset sky and undulating red sands lend an atmosphere of thoughtful solitude. Surrounded by that backdrop, a man in Berber garb leans slightly to the side, appearing to drift along with his imagination.

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