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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!

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Nostalgia With “Prisma”

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

And tamarinds

Dewy mornings

Tea Stalls and steamy tea

Rivers

And rivers

The local’s favorite pass time – Fishing

Abundant Paddy fields

Hills

Celebrations

The local bus

And the people

 

This is my home…

A Winter To Remember…

I have been in Saudi Arabia for 6 years now. This has been my favorite winter.

This winter I drove down with my family to Al Baha. I’ve been wanting to visit this place for a few months now. Information about this place from people I knew was almost non existent. Not many people have been there. All I could find out about this place was from Google and  Wikipedia.

What really piqued my curiosity was the thought of a hill station in the middle of the desert !

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Saudi Arabia has been a revelation to me. Al Baha has only furthered that. Before Saudi, my concept of a desert was a huge barren land filled with sand and dunes. KSA showed me deserts can be rocky.

Anyway, Al Baha is a picturesque piece of land lying a little over 2000m above sea level. Temperatures during our visit peaked at 11 degrees Celsius in the morning and went as low as 4 degrees Celsius at night. The mornings were mired in fog and mist. It is around 420 kms  from Jeddah by road via Taif. The roads are long, winding and with very little traffic once you pass Taif.

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We found a lot of viewpoints along the way up hill, all of them deserted. It’s as if no one wanted to see this beautiful place.

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Lying below the hills of Al Baha, is the Tihama plain, which is more like the desert we are familiar with. Here, close to the small town of Al Makhwa, is a 400 year old abandoned village, named Thi Ain ( use these exact letters to search for the place on the wonder that is google maps). The road from Al Baha to Thi Ain village, called Aqabat King Fahad is spectacular to view. The entire stretch serpents along the the mountain face with  numerous tunnels and bridges.

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Once u descend Aqabat King Fahad, a turn to the right will take you to Thi Ain. A well preserved ruin!

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I hope more people find time and make their way towards Al Baha – A must visit place for the Saudi expat. The tranquil drive and the surrounding scenery and the cool climate alone is reason enough in this hot desert.

 

Metal, Metal And More Metal

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:

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Metal pulp??

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So much Metal:

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And to conclude, a beautifully rusted underside !

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Looking For Doors..

It was by accident that I stumbled upon ” The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge “.

I never knew it existed !! Anyway I decided to give it a shot.

Early mornings and late evenings provide ideal lighting in these parts. Shooting in the mid day is a bad idea. It’s very hot, very humid and the sun is right above you blotting out every detail in the sky.

I decided to venture out at sunrise. There’s not much time even then. The rise is fast, usually within half an hour and the warmth turns into heat quickly. I don’t have a thermostat, so I Googled the temperature. 34 degrees celsius at 5.46 am!

I live in a relatively old area in Jeddah. There is decay all around. Everything is in various stages of decay. Buildings are old and not very well maintained. It struck me, there were no good-looking doors anywhere. Most of them were the same, as if the entire area was supplied by the same door company. There was just one door that was relatively new. And guess what ? That belonged to my apartment, because its only 4 years old ! Looking around I realized all doors in this neighbourhood are made of metal. I never noticed it or gave it much thought before today. Every door is Iron or iron and glass. This is in stark contrast from my native country – India, where most doors are made of  solid wood .

I’ll stop ranting now and post the images I selected for today –

A Door With Character

Metal Door, Brick Wall

Glass Door

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Door.”

TimeLapse….

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 !

Fun At The Beach………….With The Fuji X,

Its been a long while since my last post.

Well, after a rigorous two months of work, I took a break with the family and headed to the beach at Thuwal. It’s around 90kms away from here. Being far from bustling Jeddah, the beach isn’t much crowded and is pretty clean.

There were a few families spread across the straight coastline. Like I have mentioned before, photography isn’t much encouraged here, so I restricted myself to photographing the kids and our immediate vicinity.

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And before i forget, my fun was with my Fuji X cameras ! Amazing sooc jpegs !