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!
The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge
Taken during a relatively cold December in Saudi Arabia!
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:
It’s been a long dry spell. Had lost all hope of finding something to photograph.
I felt I should somehow photograph this darkness.
And what’s darker than Shadows ?
And from Shadow, I saw Light !!
Welcome to Briman Car Junk Yard, Jeddah!
This is one huge junk yard, with old and scrapped cars lying in heaps and bunches.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a lens that can capture the length and breadth of this place.
A lot of people come here to scavenge for tyres etc.
That yellow machine probably compresses those cars to metal pulp:
So much Metal:
And to conclude, a beautifully rusted underside !
It’s been a hectic two months at work.
There has not been much time to dabble in photography. And thats made me very sad. And the climate in Saudi Arabia at this time of the year is hot and harsh, I’d rather sit at home than go outside. And it being Ramadan, I am usually too tired to go out anyway.
This scenario, meant photography would have to be indoors. And that lead me to try my hand at time lapse photography. What i am posting here is nothing spectacular. Just my first attempt at this genre for the first time.
I couldn’t come with a better subject than “melting ice cream”. It’s probably been done to death.
Anyway here it is:
And Thanks for visiting !
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…..
Looking back at my previous posts, it seems the beach is the only place I frequent. Well, Jeddah has a lot of beaches. And what else is there to here except frequent malls and beaches.
Anyway, it’s been more than a month since my last post and I felt I shouldn’t bore anyone with images of the beach or children playing on the beach. But what else is there to photograph the sunset and people playing ?
So here’s my attempt to do away with normal beach photos. Instead I tried my hand at abstracts.
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