Saturday, April 4, 2015

Morocco Road Trip: Tichka Pass

 

Morocco Road Trip, Part 3:  The Road to Marrakesh


Along the fabled road to Marrakesh or Ouarzazate (depending on where you are headed) lies a place that never existed in my imagination: Tichka Pass. Approaching the pass, our guide told us a tiny bit of history, “We are coming to this pass…7,400 feet or approximately 2200 meters. The road, by the way, was built by the French, the road that links Marrakesh to Ouarzazate”. Soon we reached the peak and stopped to take photos of the Tichka Pass marker and the astonishing views.



As we traveled in the heart of the High Atlas Mountain chain, I started to film our journey using my iPhone 6+, mostly shooting the landscape – the snow-capped Atlas Mountain reaching towards the sky - bisected by a thin road.   As if shooting from a moving vehicle not challenging enough, the refracted light made filming the landscape even more impossible.  But I found a workaround by pressing my iPhone against the window. We stopped at an overlook where I was able to get a steady footage of the road that followed the lines of the High Atlas Mountain, hairpin bends after hairpin bends.

As we began our descent, a new view revealed itself: a hill where everywhere was green that it made a beautiful contrast with the reddish soil and the snow-capped High Atlas Mountain fading into hazy blue in the backdrop.


The road to Marrakesh is dangerous and beautiful at the same time. Here's a sampling of  the footage that I stitched together.  (Click on the thumbnail below or  HERE to watch it on You Tube).




Click  HERE  to watch the video from our journey of adventure.

PHOTO GALLERY 



 NOTE:  All photos and videos by the author

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