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A Trip To Al Wabah Crater

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. 


The Milkyway!


Startrails!

Patterns inside the crater, supposed to be phosphorus!

A look into the crater.


A panorama at sunrise!

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Green Valley, Jeddah

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!

On The Road…..

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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Arabian Off-Roaders.

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….

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Arabia – A Rocky Experience !!

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

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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

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I feel it would be incomplete to show how we humans enjoy the desert.
I will pot a few images in the next post.