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SEPTEMBER 2005
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Desert Vision
Photograph by George Steinmetz

A rock-hard ridge of salt and sand more than two miles (three kilometers) long in Kenya's Chalbi Desert seemed like an illusion to photo assistant Alain Arnoux (flying in a motorized paraglider, above). "It's so straight, it looks man-made," says Arnoux. Such images of Africa—from pristine landscapes to severely degraded ones—are helping Mike Fay tell his story. "People must not only recognize they are stewards of our planet and all it contains," says Fay, "but that we now have the power to reverse existing environmental trends overnight."

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 17-35 zoom at 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Thirty minutes before sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: I took this from a Cessna 206 with the door off.

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