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In the berber tribes of the middle Atlas, life isn't one of luxury. This photo was taken outside of a small stone hut we were passing by. Like most in the area, it has no windows, door or electricity. It is at higher altitude and cool even in April. In winter, I'm sure it must be quite cold.

The Berbers however are some of the most skilled craftspeople on the planet, weaving clothes, textile and rugs; working metal into lanterns and daggers of intricate design. All sold later around the country and the world.

On a day to day basis though, basic sheparding and farming are the trade of the middle atlas. And to do it right, you need your second half - your donkey. These animals are seen everywhere, hauling everything imaginable... from the lowliest bundles of wild scrub herbs to the most precious commodity, the children of the Berbers. The Berber family and the donkey are a symbiotic team.

Shot taken with a fixed 50mm lens at point blank range, on purpose. No post processing or cropping has been done. It's kind of a quirky one, but I hope you like it.

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Additional Photos by Clifton Wilmsmeyer (CliffW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 431 W: 73 N: 337] (2381)
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