Not much later, may be half an hour, the sun, though still low on the horizon was now shining fully. It was now pretty warm, though we were in April. The sand had now its regular daytime color and our friend the Tuareg (see previous tip) came back from the palm grove, obviously feeling better under the warm sun!
On the first photo, a young boy is leading three donkeys loaded with empty “couffins” (strong baskets made of plaited palm leaves) towards the palm grove to collect freshly cut forage for the cattle.
On the second photo, a man is standing stiff on donkey’s back and though it may not weight much more that his master, he, nevertheless gallops!
On photo 3 and 4, busy women walk to the palm grove.
Also, as much as the sun rises, the palm grove comes back to life.
On the first photo a man wrapped in a white gandoura tries to protect himself from the coolness of the early morning.
On the second photo, two women try to hide from the camera.
On the third photo, a man clad as a Touareg walks fast towards the city.
On the last photo, a group of two women are going to some water hole for the laundry.
Adobe bricks are made with red clay. It is sieved to keep the finest material. The sieved material is mixed with water to make a thick paste. The paste is then put in a wooden mold, on the ground and packed. After a few minutes (actually, almost immediately), the mold is removed and put on the size to make the next brick. If you enlarge the photo, you will see the wet bricks in several rows, on the left. They are left under the sun for several days and used for building houses without any cooking. It is inexpensive and gives an excellent insulation against the heat, much better than concrete!