Northern Ethiopia's Afar depression—also called the Danakil depression—is one of the hottest places on Earth. Parts of the region are more than 300 feet below sea level, forming a cauldron where temperatures reach above 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and active volcanoes roil. It was well over 100 degree when we were here.
I posted a few images of this place of the salt lake and salt plain, there are few salt mounts, rising from the salt plain, and mixed in with the soil, you can't barely tell this is really salt, it look like some landscape we might find in Utah. If you look carefully you see the white salt through the red dust. It is very hard to walk on, the salt forms a knife sharp and pointy surface, and we had to crawl through a cave and the top of the cave was as sharp, I had a little scratch on my head when I tried to stand up too soon at the end of the cave and it stung with the sharp pain with the salt rubbed into my wound.
I immediately had to think of Utah, the bigger the surprise reading about Ethiopia. Yes I think I can see the salt, it is slightly yellowish, just a little. A great bizarre looking landscape, unforgiving if you're not prepared. Sometimes you wonder why people chose to live here, how it came that they stayed etc. Another excellent example of sharp, Way, not just by seeing it in your images but by your experience too.
W.Lim (2018/09/12 16:58:35): Thank you. Not many people live there but yes, they live close by, not really sure what they eat to survive, you can't really plant anything, no fish in the water, too salty. All I see was that they harvest the salt and transport them to the bigger town on camels. I guess after that they buy food from the town to take home?
if you hadn't told me, I would never have guessed that this is salt. I also immediately thought it was a landscape in Utah. Very cool and a perfect contribution to the ToM. Prickly and spiky indeed! Glad that it was only a scratch that you got from this incredibly sharp formation. Always be careful!
Finally, an entry that fits the ToM that is not a cactus or a flower. This is a beautiful landscape, well done!
W.Lim (2018/09/17 20:53:41): Thank you. It is hard to find a landscape and other things that fit the ToM for this month, but at least the cactus plants are very interesting and there are so many different species and plants are worth seeing that fit the ToM.
So this is the trip where you saw that amazing lake of fire, this is also quite amazing. I expect that having a salt crystal jammed into your head, makes the sharpness a strong memory. Still, the image has enough sharpness to stand on its own, even without the note. Well over 100 in February, although I guess that this close to the equator, the temperatures don't vary much. Regards, P
W.Lim (2018/09/28 22:23:22): Yes, it is the same part of Ethiopia where we saw Lava lake. At least within hours of driving distance. No more such adventure trip for a little while if at all. Less than a month now Baby girl will be here.
Your description of this place reminds me of Death Valley and in particular the Devil's Golf Course. If you walk around the place and you lose balance you might also end up with some bad cuts and additional pain of the salt rubbed into the wound.
Fantastic shot with great shapes. Your image gives some mysterious scales as it does not give any clue to the size of the scene. That is a nice touch as it certainly gives the false impression of this being a huge arch up on the top.