Exploring the Dubai desert

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

From Nina Tantzen:

Our family recently went on a trip to Dubai to visit some friends who live there. My photographer-heart was yearning to go on a desert safari (the dunes! the sand! the endlessness of it! the light!), and it’s not hard to convince an almost-2-year old and a 6-year-old when you mention a gigantic sand pit. So we booked a tour with one of the many tour operators around.

For most people, an important part of the desert safari is the dune bashing, where the drivers drive up and down the dunes at crazy angles and speed, but with a 2-year-old in the car (and one who gets car-sick very easily on top of that!), this was certainly not our priority. So we opted for a private car, which gave us the freedom to explore the desert away from the convoy of other cars. More importantly, this also allowed us to stop where we wanted for as long as we wanted, not at the same ‘lookout-dune’ as everybody else.

We all loved it! The girls loved running and playing in this giant sand pit, climbing the dunes, throwing themselves in the sand. My husband loved watching the girls, playing with them. And I – of course! – loved taking pictures of it all, capturing their happiness and joy. The time was perfect, as it was approaching the ‘golden hour’ in the late afternoon, and surrounded by the red-golden sand, it felt like an especially ‘golden’ hour. But I think what I loved most of all is how well my two girls played with each other: my older one took her little sister by the hand, helped her up and down the dunes, explored with her and enjoyed watching her wonder. It was beautiful! (And no, this kind of harmony is not the everyday-norm in our home… ;)) And the biggest challenge? That would probably be stopping my little one from throwing sand at the camera and me while I was lying flat on my tummy right in front of her…

To finish with a quote from Paulo Coelho:

The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes.

That’s the way it will be with our love for each other.

This quote was featured on our wedding invitations 10 years ago. (Not-so-fun fact: I somehow managed to misspell the author’s name back then… still bugs me 10 years later…) It’s beautiful to see how this love now extends and also encompasses our girls as well!

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photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

photo of a family exploring the Dubai desert by Nina Tantzen

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