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At a temple in the middle of the desert alongside Lake Nasser in Upper Egypt, our tourguide Mohammed and our boatsman Abdul (we called him that, though we were never sure of his real name) are keeping cool in the shade of some pillars.

I call this the Temple In The Middle of nowhere. There is literally nothing around it. It lies about half a mile from the shore and unless you are halway up the lake on a boat or have taken a horribly long detour on the Paris-Dakkar rallye, you would never really come here.

The heat was really oppressive that day. Interestingly enough we were served some hot tea after walking about a mile to the temple and back to the shore. It was actually quite refreshing. I see a lot of people in hot countries sipping hot tea to keep cool, while we Western tourist drink ice cold cans of carbonated drinks, which in intense heat pour right out of our bodies, only temporarily cooling us down and then craving another cold drink...

I shot these two guys from the roof of the temple. Muhammad was the tourguide for a Swiss tour group. That's why he's holding a Swiss flag (just in case you wondered!). No tripod. No flash. No filters. Taken 9 years ago. Scanned into jpeg. No cropping. A little re-sizing. One temple. Two guys. A lot of heat!

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