Black Desert, Bahariya, Egypt. Oct 2010. If you were standing at the foot of these hills covered with weathered black quartz, it is very hard to imagine this view, which was taken after lugging with me a heavy tripod and a good 20 minutes climb up the treacherous hill slopes. According to my Bedouin driver, the hill where this photo was taken, offers the best view of all. I guess he was right!