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This picturesque kasbah (castle ancient fortified settlement) of Tioulit is on road that connects Agadir to Tafraoute through A飔 Baha, in the middle of the scenic Anti Atlas mountain range. Probably not as popular as the High Atlas and the Sahara, the Anti Atlas, the South West tip of the Moroccan Atlas is an impressive place, both for its desolation and aridness and for the human occupation (architecture and agriculture). It's quite a surprise finding how so (relatively) many people still live in these places and manage to make this land produce enough for their living. It's amazing how in a so desolated landscape you have always houses in sight, many of them looking as still being used. While many are below in the valleys, many ones, like these, are 'hung' on the edge of the hills or perched on top of them.

Most of the little trees that may look just like shaky bushes are actually almond trees, one of the main sources of income for these people that live here.

PP work: as most of the shots of this day, the original had a severe excess of red and blue and lacked contrast. I tried to overcome that by playing with the colours curves and saturation. Maybe is too yellow, but as far as I remember, the real colours of the earth are very close to what appears on the image. I had to process separately the sky, as it kept some of the red (actually close to reality). The shadows were too dark, so I had to blend a with a cloned semi-transparent layer to brighten the shadows without loosing much contrast.

After someone asked for it, I posted the original image as a WS.

You can browse all of my posts of this region by following this link.

Location (latitude, longitude): 29.905,-9.01665

Link to Wikipedia article on Anti Atlas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti_Atlas.

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