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This is the landscape of the Western border of the High Atlas mountains. I was driving from Marrakech to Agadir when I shot it. I don't know where this is exactly, but my guess it's that the village seen on the distance is Argana, or maybe El-Jemaa or Timesgadiouine. Anyway, it is some douzens Kms South of Imi-n-Tanoute, on the road Marrakech-Chichaoua-Agadir.

The tree on the foreground, much characteristic of the region, is an argan tree. From distance they can be confused with not very healthy olive trees with strange big olives. They are rare outside the region and they are a very old species, a kind of living vegetal fossil. The kernel of their fruits is used to produce an expensive and aromatic oil, very popular in Morocco, where they use it in sweets, medicines, namely for skin and also soaps. The fruits and leaves of that trees serve also as food to goats. Seeing trees covered with goats on their tops is a common sight that I wasn't able to catch in photo.
Some say that traditionally they let goats eat the flesh of the fruits and then they collect the kernels to make the oil, but actually I saw a lot of people collecting fruits
not eaten by the goats.

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