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.
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:
As usual, I don’t get enough time to take pictures or blog.
So I decided to start a ‘ Through The ViewFinder ‘ Today/ Weekly/ Monthly series depending on how much and when I can shoot.
A big thank you to everyone following my blog.
Enough with the rant…..
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
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….
First, let me wish everyone a Very Happy New Year.
We were on a vacation and just returned after an interesting trip traveling around Saudi Arabia.
We were traveling with small children and didnt get to explore the desert landscape the way I wanted.
The first few photos are from the area outside Medinah
But it was a different experience than I imagined. I always imagined the Saudi desert to be filled with sand dunes, once you get past the highways.
But I was proved wrong. The deeper we went, the rockier and more gravelled the desert. Vegetation was sparse. But when we did see vegetation, there was a lot of it.
Most of our travelling were in Medinah and Riyadh areas.
Riyadh was rocky, but deserts near Medinah were more typical with dunes.
Here are a few from the Riyadh area
I feel it would be incomplete to show how we humans enjoy the desert.
I will pot a few images in the next post.
It’s been a year since we went anywhere as a family. And we didn’t have enough time to plan a long exotic vacation.
So we decided to spend a few days in Medinah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque.
Medinah is a peaceful city. You have to visit here to understand. Unfortunately I cannot put this feeling into a image. It’s crowded and yet peaceful. There is something about this city. A tranquility I’ve never felt anywhere.
I decided to travel light and thus only took my much loved X100s and the TCL-X100 that I have been itching to try out.
We found a hotel, 5 minutes away from the mosque. The first thing I wanted to see was the view from the window. Not much, except it was just after sunrise and the city was slowly being washed in light.
Here’s another one, taken a few minutes later. Both were taken through very dirty windows, which I couldn’t open.
I took my 4 year old for a walk about an hour later and he was perfect to give the place a sense of scale
He also found this covered man hole interesting
The hot afternoon sun was perfect for shadows ( always a weakness for me)
We were back at the hotel during sunset and this was taken from the same position as the early morning shots. But I somehow managed to open the window this time.
And here’s my favorite camera