National Geographic : 1966 Dec
Gilded hour of dawn lights the way for a don key-borne traveler in the Nile Delta. Brush-topped adobe towns, surround ing Islamic minarets, stand on the canal banks every few hundred yards in this thickly populated region between Cairo and Suez. A land of honey since the Pharaohs ruled it, the flat, well-watered delta supports planta tions of cotton, fruit, vegetables, and grain. Comely as Hagar, Egyp tian handmaid of Sarai, a young woman pauses during her work in a Nile Delta cotton field. Ten years after they re-en tered Canaan, a barren Sarai implored her hus band to "go in unto my maid... that I may ob tain children by her." And Hagar bore Ishmael, from whom Arabs reckon their lineage. KODACHROMES( N.G.S.