We have some serious relief mapping of Egypt under way here at the homestead — thank you, middle school curriculum. I stopped in my tracks when we fell into this satellite image of the Nile River delta. I mean, come on. Do satellites realize how lucky they are?
No sign of strife or war or squabbling over toys from this vantage point. Such deceptive calm.
For review: The Nile Delta is the delta formed in Northern Egypt where the River Nile spreads out and drains into the Mediterranean Sea. It's one of the world's largest river deltas — from Alexandria in the west to Port Said in the east, it covers some 143 miles of Mediterranean coastline. It is a rich agricultural region, both densely populated and exceedingly fertile.
:world perspectives/getty images, satellite view of the nile river delta
Mark Shaw captured these images of Henrietta Tiarks (who would later become the Duchess of Bedford) at Palais Royale in Paris in 1959. The photos are outtakes from a fashion assignment for LIFE magazine and were never intended for publication. The Duchess is modeling a green Jules-François Crahay suit. That's Monsieur Crahay himself (below) ogling his creation at the Nina Ricci salon.
Prints of these images are available, along with a host of other Mark Shaw photographs, at the Mark Shaw Photographic Archive.
:mark shaw; other images of the duchess of bedford at the national portrait gallery