A trip long overdue!
We were 4 photo enthusiasts in 3 vehicles.
Al Wabah is a marr crater approximately 2km in diameter. Our trip was planned taking into consideration the moon phase, so that we could shoot the milky way over the crater.
And shoot we did except that some light pollution from the adjoining town brought in some haze.
Patterns inside the crater, supposed to be phosphorus!
A look into the crater.
A panorama at sunrise!
The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge
Structure of a leaf taken from beneath and lit by the sun. Notice the reticular patterns on the leaf and the hairy stem. Its a thick leaf yet translucent!
Taken on a recent visit to a local farm. This is a stacked 2-3x macro [not really sure of the exact magnification], of a shed peacock feather, taken using a flash and a diy-ed aluminium foil reflector placed behind the feather.
Notice the fine hairs in its colorful glory. Viewed from up close, I think it could be mistaken for a plant of some sort at first glance.
There is structure everywhere!!
A few months ago, we heard about this new locale in Jeddah. Green Valley! A place teeming with water. Green grass. And life.
People rave about this place. Some say its a natural water body in the middle of the Arabian desert. Some say the water is processed waste water. The truth is, nobody knows. The latter theory is the most probable.
Anyway. There is water. Flowing water. Maybe a mile long. And there’s fish too. God knows where they came from! An entirely new ecosystem has sprung up. Probably wild dogs are on top of the food chain. And lots of birds. Pity I didn’t have my telephoto.
I did get some shots of the nearby vegetation.
And where there’s vegetation, there are critters!
And like in every ecosystem, new or old, life is always accompanied by death. And here’s something that reminds me of that!
Its been awhile since my last post.
A short month long vacation to my homeland, Kerala, culminated a week ago. Its been 3 years since my last visit home.
This vacation was all about nostalgia. Revisiting familiar places. Meeting past friends.
I have chosen a few images, that brings a lot of memories.
And I have chosen the much hyped “Prisma” app to process these images:
The land of coconuts
Tea Stalls and steamy tea
The local’s favorite pass time – Fishing
Abundant Paddy fields
The local bus
And the people
This is my home…
That is “Historical Jeddah” ! A UNESCO world heritage site from 2014.
A visit to this place is a sharp contrast to today’s modern Jeddah.
What really stands apart are the cobbled pathways and the old architectural style, with coral being a major resource used in their construction.
The ornately carved doors and the beautiful lattices, windows and balconies are truly beautiful.
Today the area is mostly left alone, with the few dwellers being poor immigrants and cats. An early morning visit here shows how desolate the place has become.
A must visit place for any immigrant in Saudi Arabia.
I have been here 5 years and this is my first visit. And I know plenty more who have never seen the place. A shame really !
You can learn more here:
A few photographs on the way To Al Lith, approximately 175 kms from Jeddah.
We actually went to visit the National Aquaculture Company, which has the largest integrated shrimp farms in the world.
Unfortunately, I dont have permission to post pictures taken from there.
Instead, here are some images made during the journey. On the road….
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Taif. We heard a lot about this place. It’s a hill city 180 kms away from Jeddah.
Our trip was sudden and unplanned. So we missed most photographically interesting places. But that’s made us decide to make a more detailed trip next time.
Anyway here are some images of Taif…….
The meandering roads cut through the hills
Here’s an almost perfect “S”
The hills just before the sun sets
Lit by lights at night
A late night camper. Camping and picnicking are probably the most common outside activity in Saudi Arabia
Taif is a preferred destination for people living in around Jeddah. Relatively lower heat and the view of the hills provide a much needed respite from the traffic heavy life of Jeddah.
There is an old market place called Sook Okaz, a nature reserve and a hillside fruit farm – all of which we couldn’t visit. So we’ve left the good stuff for our next visit. Until then…..
Deserts may be huge wastelands to most of us living here.
But off roading is a popular leisure activity here.
I recently read somewhere that, over grazing, poaching and frequent off roading are some of the major reasons for loss of habitat for desert fauna.
I managed to snap a few images of some “off roading” and what i feel are human marks in the arid and gravelly deserts of Arabia….