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Are you saying the balloons fly back to the vicinity of their launch point?. I did some looking with satellite photos of the area to better understand what I see in your pictures. I was surprised ow small the area is. Are the land/sea breezes that dependable that the balloons to make a return flight?

We have a lot of balloonists here. They fly much smaller balloons. They fly much longer distances, usually from 10-40 miles. The gondolas only can accommodate the pilot and 3-4 passengers. In winter they have flights of dozens of balloons at times.
 
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I am not really sure how they do it, but have seen them fly in different directions??

I might be wrong, as the wind direction in some areas might different.

Just from my location I could see them going in different directions.

The distance are not that great, probably 10-30 kilometers too.


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Hey! where's the pictures?
 
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Hey! where's the pictures?


Bloody hell!

You sound like a woman.

Give them an inch, they want a mile!

There are at least 2300 pictures posted so far!! rotflmo

Been a bit busy with shooting.

Might start going out next week clap


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Hey! where's the pictures?


Bloody hell!

You sound like a woman.

Give them an inch, they want a mile!

There are at least 2300 pictures posted so far!! rotflmo

Been a bit busy with shooting.

Might start going out next week clap


I try not to be a pest with the questions, but the question I do ask have got to at least suggest that I find that desert incredibly fascinating and that I pay close attention to the content of those pictures. I am hooked! I admit I am a junkie. Mea culpa. Everything from the mechanics of the desert, the underlayment of the desert, the recreational uses made of it and the impact of it on everyday life there in the country all just arouse curiosity and wonder. I live on a much, much larger sand pile than all of UAE and parts of it are in the process of becoming a sand dunes desert and parts returning to vegetated. And yet, six months of the year it is covered with snow.

I promise to keep the questions to the minimum I can.
 
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Hey! where's the pictures?


Bloody hell!

You sound like a woman.

Give them an inch, they want a mile!

There are at least 2300 pictures posted so far!! rotflmo

Been a bit busy with shooting.

Might start going out next week clap


I try not to be a pest with the questions, but the question I do ask have got to at least suggest that I find that desert incredibly fascinating and that I pay close attention to the content of those pictures. I am hooked! I admit I am a junkie. Mea culpa. Everything from the mechanics of the desert, the underlayment of the desert, the recreational uses made of it and the impact of it on everyday life there in the country all just arouse curiosity and wonder. I live on a much, much larger sand pile than all of UAE and parts of it are in the process of becoming a sand dunes desert and parts returning to vegetated. And yet, six months of the year it is covered with snow.

I promise to keep the questions to the minimum I can.


I am happy to a answer questions for you.


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SAeed,

Thank you. That is most gracious. All I can ask is if you do not know you say so which you have always done and if you have the time and know someone who might know could you refer me.

Where I live is in an area from The southern border to about Lake Superior and extending perhaps 100 miles either side of the Minnesota - Wisconsin border and irregularly shaped. Perhaps 30,000 - 40,000 square miles in area. The area is mostly flat. The elevation changes that are present are at most maybe 300 - 400 feet, and result from either river gorges cut down into limestone bedrock and in a few notable places basalt or from sand dunes some of which are respectable height. Considered as a whole, it is obvious that at some time after the last glaciation this area looked very much like your desert even though climatically it was very different. Having been under thousands of feet of ice, area this had to still be pretty cold in winter.

Geologically our homes are scarcely different, separated maybe by 10,000 years give or take. That is just a blink in terms of geologic time.

That is where my questions about the underlying rock in you desert which appears to be very similar to our blue limestone here, are coming from.

That amount of sand that is fine and blows into dunes here is associated with lots and lots of water and very long periods of time. Rivers like the St Croix have evidence in their valleys of extraordinary power but in Northern Africa there is only the Nile that I am aware of the might have represented that kind of power. The and dunes of The Emirates may have begun their trip thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away. Not unlike the dust from North Africa making a measurable contribution to the US.

Setting aside the climate change origin or causes, it is simply obvious that it is changing, and doing so very rapidly. Somehow they ought to be a means to get a decent handle on where it will take our enviroments.
 
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We have areas here so far from the sea, that have sea shells!!

In this particular area, the rocky areas do show signs of water.

What is more, the dunes do move, and they are trying to plant trees in area as where they wish to stop this.


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We did go to have breakfast in the desert yesterday.

Had a Polaris buggy and a couple of fat bikes.

And a sand board!

Boy that was fun1

They tied it to the Polaris, and dragged each other over the dunes.

Utterly hilarious!

Doing complete summersaults, covered in sand completely!

Some of the kids tried to do some acrobatics on the fat bikes.

With predictable results!

Our chief photographer had a cycling contest, so we did not have any photos taken.

I did all the videos from the air, and will post some photos later.


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Thank you! I was starting into withdreawal symptoms.
 
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Falcon hunting season is coming to an end.

Yesterday was the last day of training.

I got some videos, which I hope I can get photos out of.

Also found a herd of gazelles yesterday, and was able to get a few shots of them.

We are planning a big outing this Friday, weather permitting.

The kids cannot wait to go out to the desert again.


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More questions...

The little board you tow behind the dune buggy, can it be steered? Do you sometimes ride it down the larger dunes? We call them knee boards here and town them behind boats and I think that places here that have dunes they do ride them down the dunes. Sometimes we tow them behind snowmobiles or cars, ATVs and trucks on frozen lakes (the ice can be 4 feet thick).

Some of the pictures show sand being thrown by the vehicle wheels being largely dust and some places more sand ish to gravel. Is there difference in support for vehicle tires in the variability of the sand?

The little gazelles, are they fast like antelope here or more like the deer here are? They look small, maybe 50 kilos? They sure do look tasty to me! I love eating the local deer. My neighbors are always happy when a deer dies in their yard because I bring some venison to them as a peace offering. My neighborhood is overpopulated with deer and I shoot them with a crossbow. People get a little nervous about guns going off because there are a lot of houses here. Most of the neighbors are unaware of the neighborhood bears.
 
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Yes, the surfing board is normally used on water, or snow.

It cannot be steered, one is at the mercy of the person towing it.

Practically all vehicles now have multi purpose tires, and they do work very well.


The gazelles are very fast, and do taste very good.


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So did the "newly minted driver" get the Gladiator stuck or had she learned enough from the "expert" over the years to just roll on?

Is anyone in UAE doing any of the planting/mini ecosystem experimentation changing "desert" to an area with plants and "crops"?
 
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We have been to the desert with her several times now.

Others did get stuck, including yesterday someone with a brand new Jeep.

But so far she managed to keep going.

Those who do get stuck almost always never listen to advice.

Driving in sand needs momentum.

For that one has to be in low gear, and keep the RPM high.

Practically all off road vehicles have the option of going into semi manual gear change.

Where one can keep the vehicle in low gear longer than in drive drive mode.

They do plant trees in certain areas to stop sand coming.


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Great coverage of the attack on the yellow chute!
Thanks.
 
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Amazing place!
I have a question or two.

1. That is a nifty looking little motor bike. What make is it? Can I learn more about it somewhere?

2. Is that a falcon chasing bait behind the airplane?

As always, Thanks for the photos. Takes me out of my covid cabin to another exciting world. Brian
 
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Amazing place!
I have a question or two.

1. That is a nifty looking little motor bike. What make is it? Can I learn more about it somewhere?

2. Is that a falcon chasing bait behind the airplane?

As always, Thanks for the photos. Takes me out of my covid cabin to another exciting world. Brian


That is what is called a FAT BIKE.

It is an ebike made for the desert.

Do a Google search and you will find many.

They train their falcons by tie a dead pigeon behind the plane, attached to a small parachute.

They let the falcon chase it as long as they wish, then, they slow it down for the falcon to catch it, then they release it.


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Saeed, Thanks. Very interesting! Brian
 
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