Unique to the Negev and Sinai deserts, a makhtesh has steep walls of resistant rock (limestone and dolomite) surrounding a deep closed valley that was created when the core of softer rock (in this case colored sandstone) was eroded and carried away by a stream bed. After a day of exploring we arrived at the colored sands in the Makhtesh HaGadol just around sunset, a perfect time for photographs.
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The technical details – the photo was taken with a Lumix point and shoot camera in January (ISO 125, 4.1mm, F3.3 at 1/30 sec).
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