Sunset camel ride

23rd February 2014 (Day 15) Manvar, Rajasthan, India


We had arrived at Manvar Desert Camp, in the desert of Rajasthan.



After checking in to our luxurious tents,  we were to depart for a camel ride.


DSCF3409 … past trees, sparse vegetation and sand dunes….



These desert trees are evidently very hardy.  On the right you see a couple that have been pruned.  Someone is  up the tree in the middle distance, savagely pruning it.  The goats get the green foliage and the rest must be for the fire.


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DSCF3432 If you’re sitting at the front of the camel, you have to make sure you hold on very tightly to the pommel when the camel gets up or down.  Otherwise you may go catapulting over its head.

These are not people from our party, just others in the camel group with us.



The light recedes …



The shadows grow longer….



One of the locals played some music on a Rajasthani instrument …



… and a young woman danced ….




The camels were waiting for us to return.


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… as the light went down …



… and sunset approached …


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As the sun slowly dwindled behind the horizon, we prepared to return on the camels.  As I was preparing to mount mine, a touch lower on a slope, I had difficulty raising my leg enough.  The camel driver tried to assist me by raising my leg a little further. All that did was to propel me on my back on the sand.

I was carrying two cameras on Black Rapid straps.  The Fuji X-E2 was OK but the X100s slung onto the ground and when I checked it later that night there was no electrical operation.  It was cactus.  Kaput.  Dead as a Dormobile. Splatto.  An ex-parrot.  And as well as that it was not working.

So no more photos from that camera and I got it repaired some time later in Australia, mainly paid for by insurance.



Riding back in the low evening light …



… and coming up into the camp….


7 comments on “Sunset camel ride

  1. Great story Murray. I missed that you were using Fuji kit. Very nice images from them indeed. So much for big sensor DSLRs ….


    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Derek. Fuji image quality is fine. Low light capacity is good (better than 4/3 cameras) but not as good as my D3s. The main deficiency though is for wildlife. Autofocus is better but nowhere near my Nikons and Fuji lack long telephoto primes.


  2. leecleland says:

    Wonderful story and the sunset series is beautiful.


  3. Great series Murray – camel riding hummmm, not my most favourite animal and the sideways motion is a killer if your a horse rider 🙂
    It’s never the fall but the abrupt stop at the end….. cameras can be fixed as you did, but what about you ?



    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much David. I hadn’t ridden a camel before. Try anything once, maybe. I don’t recall the sideways motion but getting up and down was quite disconcerting. If I hadn’t been hanging on tight the first time up I would have gone flying.


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