How to get away from the scorching heat in the desert? We saw this line of umbrellas in Resonant Sand desert, Inner Mongolia, China. These umbrellas, which provided shades, lead us to the top of sand dunes where they have sand carvings. The umbrellas offer a spectacular sight, especially in B&W! They make the setting somewhat surreal.
Thank you !
Michael, can you imagine having to set them up every day? It is surreal, I agree.
They seem to be permanent, unless blow over by wind etc. Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
Are these umbrellas part of an art installation? They look like they they’ve been set there to draw the eye up to the top of the dune where you said there were sand carvings. I would love to see those. Very interesting photo.
For this location, it appears to be more functional than an art installation. I also have photos with colored umbrellas but placed at discrete locations – those could well be art installation. I hope to show the sand carvings at a later date too. regards, Michael
Yes..I suppose it is to protect people..Like here we have the trees in a lot of paths of the “Camino de Santiago”…Wonderful and different Michael!
I agree, many thanks for the quick response!
Thank you so much for sharing your trips and photos with us. I really enjoy your blog.
Hi Xena, many thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind comment 🙂
Great image! Doesn’t the wind blow them down though?
Good question – it might; but the umbrellas seem quite sturdy.
Amazing! Did you take a tour to get to inner Mongolia?
Hi, I did. I am thinking of posting an overview of this tour. Regards, Michael
Thank you, Michael. I am going to China next year. I would be interested in squeezing this in, perhaps!
If you would like to see the steppes it will have to be in the Summer which lasts approximately two months!
July and August?
Yes, but the grass will turn yellow and somewhat parched near end August!
Thank you, Michael! Bon voyage!
Thank you Nia!
How nice it must have been to see these umbrellas in the desert! You must have felt a great astonishment mixed with great joy. I loved it!
Hi Tania, I was amazed by the sight and enjoyed the scene. Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
And do people walk along beneath them?
Hi, tourists like me walk underneath them. I was quick enough to take a photo before tourists start walking!
I was wondering … Thanks, Michael!
I love this, but it makes me question whose job it is to put up the umbrellas.
They are close to a tourist center showing Mongolian culture – I surmise the people there have put up the umbrellas.
great photo! love the leading lines
Thanks for the kind comment on the photo and the leading lines 🙂
Whoever put them up sure has a dry sense of humor (no puns intended) LOL!!
I think the umbrellas are quite appropriate for the location and the use. I may post further on this subject!
Yes, I think it makes perfect sense to carry/have an umbrella when one goes out under the hot sun.
Those umbrellas add character to the scene. Lovely shot!
Thank you 🙂
You sure are getting around, Michael! Yes, it is impressive to see these umbrellas! The heat must have been scorching hot. I know at the beach the sun can burn bare feet! ~Liz
I meant the hot sand could burn bare feet! Well, you also need to protect yourself from sun burn, too!
Hi Liz, we have special bags wrapped around our feet to prevent ingress of sand – they also help to protect our feet from the heat!
Hi Liz, thanks for the kind comment 🙂
You post some of the coolest photos I’ve ever seen. Keep them coming!
Will do. Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
Such an unusual sight. Looks like a road to an interesting destination.
Hi Colline, the umbrella led to some interesting sand carvings. Regards, Michael
Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
This is fabulous!! Great capture!
Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
The umbrellas define a ‘lead in’ for the eye to admire the undulating aspect of the landscape. The shadows cast an unusual sight too, like a column of marching ants.
I love the image for the same reason; I have also thought about throwing in a few lines about the shadow of the umbrellas. Regards, Michael
Great photo and great idea with the umbrellas.
Hi Irene, it would be difficult to erect other form of structure with shading on shifting sand, so umbrellas are a great ide.
You get some amazing, surprising and beautiful shots in your travels Michael… This is a ‘wow’ photo to me!
Hi Coral, many thanks for the continued support. Thanks also for the kind comment 🙂
Very unusual sight. I’m sure those umbrellas are very useful.
They did offer some shade under the hot sun. Regards, Michael
this is a “stop in your tracks, wow!’ shot- love it 😉
Great to hear from you. Thanks for the kind comment 🙂
Very interesting. The closest I got to this area was in the Gobi Desert in the southern part of Mongolia back in 2007. Will post the photos when I get a chance on my blog.
Hi, the Resonant Sand Desert is close to the Gobi desert. Look forward to seeing your post!
“avoid the heat” 😀 cool shot!
Yes, that’s what they are for – avoiding the heat! Thank you 🙂
These little umbrellas marching across the desert appear to be leading off into never never land! Your composition of shapes, shadows, and lines create an excellent and somewhat comical photo. I imagine the practicality of being able to move them easily as the sands change is important, too.
Hi,glad that you like the image. Basically, they can’t put anything haven on the sand,the need for mobility is also important too. Thank you!
What an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing it.
Glad that you like the image. Thank you!
Love the patterns, lines, black/white…fantastic photo 🙂
Glad that you like the image. Thank you 🙂
I love the symmetry and shapes of the umbrellas against the desert-beautiful sky too!
I like that too. Glad that you like the image. Thank you 🙂
Wow. Such an amazing idea ❤ And it looks sooo beautiful…
Glad that you like the image. Thank you 🙂
I so agree with the comment that you post the coolest pictures. I love this! Umbrellas as far as the eye can see. Beautiful shot.
The umbrellas in fact stopped near the sand carving site, I have maximized the extent / number of umbrellas and took the picture before the tourists arrived!
It reminds me of a beach waiting for the sea to come back.
I can visualize what you mean. Glad that you like the image. Thank you 🙂
You’re welcome Michael. 🙂
Awesome Photo, Great Composition!
Great to hear from you and thank you for the kind comment!
Dear Michael, I think you should write a book to tell these stories! These are very interesting, peculiar and very well told by you (as I mentioned in a another post yours)!
Hi Tania, I would love to write a book, at least an book, about my travels. Problem is Istill don’t have the time to do it and Idon’t know much about putting text and photos together. When I have overcome these two hurdles, Iwould be happy todo something . . . . . Maybe when I am getting too old and home ridden, I will do it. Right now please enjoy my posts. Many thanks indeed for your suggestion!
Incredible sight, even more so in B&W. Love it 🙂
Hi Sherri, do you have a chance to see my next post on Colorful Umbrellas in the Desert, they look great too!
Oh great, I will take a look Michael, thanks 🙂
The umbrellas look very much like the work of site specific installation artist Christo, who famously wraps buildings and coastlines and did umbrella projects in Japan and the US. See this link http://christojeanneclaude.net/projects/the-umbrellas#.UwPTYH8ayK0
Hi, many thanks for the link / information. Looks like it may have been Christo’s work. Regards, Michael
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Utilitarian and artful – great photo!
Great that you like the photo!
Beautiful shot. It’s almost otherworldly, like a setting for a SciFi movie.
It does look like a scene from a SciFi movie!
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