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The Art of Photography => Landscape Showcase => Topic started by: luxborealis on March 18, 2019, 02:10:20 pm

Title: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: luxborealis on March 18, 2019, 02:10:20 pm
Here I am in what is reported to be the most in hospitable place on Earth, and I have cell service. Needless to say, Ethiopia is an amazing place, culturally and photographically. If youíre interested, you can follow my trip blog with photos at TrackingTrackMyTour (https://trackmytour.com/NrKTg).

Hereís a photo to whet your appetite...
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 18, 2019, 05:48:30 pm
What an amazing expedition! Great photos so far.

-Eric
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: kers on March 18, 2019, 05:58:28 pm
I will be going there soon! Is the Afar region dangerous for tourists/ photographers?
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: HSakols on March 18, 2019, 06:52:37 pm
Incredible adventure! 
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: armand on March 18, 2019, 10:20:00 pm
Very nice, please share few more details about logistics when you are done.
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: Peter McLennan on March 19, 2019, 08:56:30 am
Awesome!  Reading of your adventures from my hotel bed in western Bhutan. Internet arriving at 0.01 mbps, but the wait is worth it.

👍🏽 More! More! :)
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: francois on March 19, 2019, 10:04:46 am
Superb, I'm drooling in anticipation!
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: luxborealis on March 19, 2019, 11:47:31 pm
Thanks everyone for your kind words. Ethiopia is an exceptional place. Go now before it becomes more popular!

I will be going there soon! Is the Afar region dangerous for tourists/ photographers?
Not any longer. As Ethiopia and Eritrea have patched things up, there is no longer any danger.

The real danger is in the loss of the magic of the place. With increasing tourism numbers and virtually no tourism infrastructure, pollution, mostly plastic litter from water bottles, is evident. So far, the number of tourists isnít  quite high enough to cause physical damage to sites like Dallol, but as numbers rise with popularity, and with no protection, it wonít be long before more permanent damage occurs. There are guides to help keep tourists on the right paths, but no real protection.

Of course, many tourists are young, adventure-seekers who use places like Danakil, the Trigray churches and Lalibela as backdrops for selfies, but thatís everywhere now.
Title: Re: Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Post by: langier on March 20, 2019, 04:44:02 pm
Nice work, Terry!