This scene may be a million miles away from Shropshire, but it and others are the subject of a new exhibition which has opened at the Jackfield Tile Museum.
Empires of Emptiness – Fortresses of the Sahara and the Steppe uses photography to show how empires of the past have conquered the deserts.
The exhibition, which is open until September 21, concentrates on Russian fortifications in the Central Asian Steppe and the network of French forts that were built in an attempt to control the Sahara desert.
The exhibition is the result of a University of Birmingham-led research project Outposts of Conquest funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of England.
The exhibit will be open every day from 10am to 5pm.