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