Another flamingo sunset at Al Qudra lakes, Dubai…
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My online dictionary (easier to copy & paste) tells me that, as a noun, Pedestrian is defined as a person walking rather than traveling in a vehicle.
I was the noun, talking a walk down the back of Kite beach, Dubai, before the weather made it impossible.
Then I came across an event, which was the complete opposite of Pedestrian as defined when the word is an adjective lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.
Pedestrians having fun at a Kite festival, Kite beach, Dubai.
Flamingo sunset at Al Qudra lakes, Dubai, 4/10/17…
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Your inspiration this week is windows…..or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.
Windows of Mirbat.
A town in Southern Oman that is slowly crumbling away.
Wandering around the streets, there is a shot at every step, but it’s the windows that my lens points towards.
These little wooden, arched and shuttered Omani windows; I wonder at the lives led behind them in the days when old Mirbat was thriving.
Windows on another world…
In the summer in Dubai, the only options for recreation are inside, in air-conditioning.
Malls, cinemas, a ski-slope, hotels, brunches etc. all figure quite highly at weekends.
But, not having small children to occupy and entertain, or a desire for a long, lengthy brunches every Friday, the lure of the above fizzled out pretty quickly.
We would try to head out of town most weekends, crossing the border to Oman frequently to haunt our favorite beaches in search of the eternal missing link shell we hadn’t yet found.
But in order to do that in a comfortable climate, an 8-hour overnight drive was needed to get to the areas of Oman that were cooled by the Khareef season (Monsoon).
This wasn’t always feasible, so we tried to spend summer weekends collating the shell collection, photographing and recording data for our ongoing and seeming eternal project to update the Eastern Arabian data for shells. An immense task that will take us through retirement!
But, on some weekend days, flat-fever was inevitable so we would head off out into the 45+ degree heat to shop for food and quite often pass by the aquarium shops.
It made me feel as if I had feet in the sand on those scorching days where Mad dogs and Englishwomen really should be terribly sensible.
Surfing around the aquarium, checking out the fish and coral tanks would give me the outdoor connection and the Philipino guys who ran the coral, fish and mollusk tanks came to know us well.
We have an aquarium, so would often buy new reef fish and they tolerated me and my camera on those hot August days very kindly.
A few Aquarium shots, under-sea life is mystical, even in a tank….
The fish are Blue Tang,a species of Indo-Pacific surgeonfish, fancifully portrayed, aquarium lighting is always blue-toned so a little masking helped with outside fantasy in the heat.
The corals…well, I wish I knew more, but they are ethereal underwater, so beautiful and if there was ever a precedent for saving the world’s reefs to preserve these most intricate life forms, I hope this could add to it…
Every work day in Dubai, my route took me up Sheik Zayed Road, the main artery through the city.
If I left home at 6.45am I would be in work at my desk by 7.30 at the latest, insha’Allah, إنشاءالله (God willing)
If I left it too much later, then it was anyone’s guess, insha’Allah, what time I would arrive depending on the volume of traffic, accidents and traffic diversions. Luckily there was no pressure at work to clock in, all management had to drive these roads too. You just needed to make sure you didn’t abuse the potential excuse.
At times Dubai suffers intense humidity and I’d love to see the tower blocks shrouded in mist in the early morning. It made for some nice atmospherics to view, sitting in the queues to exit Sheik Zayed road at Defence roundabout (or maybe the name changed, the roundabout changed out of all recognition into one of those confusing( at first) daisy-loop exits which now appear all over the main highways in Dubai)
My route took me past Business Bay where the Burj Khalifa ( currently the world’s tallest building) is situated. The surrounding area is full of architectural delights so I would be quite happy when I was stuck, stationary in interminable traffic queues to get the chance to just shoot an angle on my iPhone. I don’t think I was alone in this indulgence.
I played with the photos using Snapseed for iPhone (not in the car, of course) and I loved the fantasy of the results.
It turned a foggy Dubai into a real-life Gotham City for me.
These are a few from a very humid September/October 2015.
And one day when I got into the lift, there was just me and this little fellow, quadrupled. Sadly the 6 seconds only let me photograph him, I wonder where he went to…
Today WordPress tells me that it’s three years since I created my blog. Where has the time gone?
At this point, a grateful thank you to all those who are following me, your likes and comments are always most welcome and hugely appreciated and inspire me to carry on.
I didn’t really do anything with the blog until January 2016 when I thought I’d best get started and joined into the Blogging-U courses and I seemed to spend January, February and March 2016 with my head down in all sorts of wonderful courses which gave me the confidence and desire to start blogging and I dived into the April 2016 A-Z challenge with great enthusiasm.
For most of 2016 and early 2017, I followed weekly challenges diligently, posted about my travels when I could but since April 2017, I’ve not been quite so motivated.
Dealing with a personal loss, doing quite a bit of travelling and I haven’t caught up with the photo organisation for my travels since April, as, even though I no longer work, I seem to have too much to do or maybe I take longer to do too much!
When I was working I was far more attuned to a schedule and deadlines.
I suspect it’s time to add some daily task scheduling into my life to make sure I don’t let my days drift away. However, I haven’t drifted for many years so I’m quite enjoying the feeling, especially in the Cyprus summer heat where it’s too hot to be rushing around.
Whilst I am tediously trying to lose the iCloud from my life and re-organise photos in another cloud storage, so I am not constantly reminded by Apple my storage is full and to pay yet more money to preserve my data, I’m coming across some random photo moments.
So, to keep my hand in and re-motivate myself, I’m starting some “Random moment” posts from my life and travels over the past few years.
Here are a couple of slightly surreal shots taken at the Dubai Mall in August 2015, when the outside temperature hit 50, taken through the aquarium window, viewed from mall walkways.
The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world.
It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 300 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world.
The main Aquarium tank, which measures 51 metres in length, 20 metres in width and
11 metres in height.
Unexpected Order in the market.
At Deira fish and fruit market, Dubai…
Camel racing is part of the heritage of the Middle East.
Taken at the Al Marmoum camel racetrack, Dubai.
Dubai’s spice souk is famous for selling saffron. Walking towards the souk in Deira, several shops specialising in saffron, line the pavement. Some are wholly for saffron, others sell all sorts of different spice and honey items. Continue reading
I have been lucky to have had a window with spectacular views whilst in Dubai. Sadly it isn’t often pristine and there’s not much I can do about that being very high up in the sky. Few shots are taken directly outwards, reflection and sand streaks stop you getting a good photo.
So I often take photos through the little gap to the left and the right. The window opens outwards at an angle for 8 inches. That’s enough to get my lens through to get shots of whatever may be interesting. I will say I do have the camera strap securely around my neck whilst leaning out, I would not want to have any dropping accidents from this height!
Some window shots over the last year… Continue reading
Sometimes it’s just all about what’s through the window.
Take this mall in Dubai, one of very many across the city.
An attractive atrium, palms rising up to the glass windows in the roof… Continue reading
Dubai is an ever-developing city. People who work here have to live here and currently, the pace of construction and release of new housing developments is quite frantic. Continue reading
Just a little teaser from Doors (and gates) in Dubai….watch out for more in coming weeks! Continue reading
High rise buildings in Dubai can go up to 163 floors ( Think Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, until the next one is built, probably in Dubai) but mainly tend to be around 40 stories. Continue reading
At the counter, windows display the treats on offer. The chicken tikka puff is pretty good. Hmm… Continue reading
Dubai creek can be crossed by using the “Abra” service. The cost is 1 dirham, (27 cents). A 10-minute ride to cross the creek and so much to look at. Continue reading
Fun in the sun at Dubai Kite festival….
Early morning mist in Dubai….
Windows on my worlds….. Continue reading
The areas of Deira, Naif, Shindaga, Bur Dubai and Dubai Creek make up historical Dubai. Dhows ply the seas from Dubai to Iran, Pakistan and India. This is the hub from where the original sea-faring entrepreneur’s found their trading niche in this region. Continue reading
Dubai. In the high-rise city, you can’t fail to look up…
Modern and old architecture in Dubai features curves. The mosques always have curves in their domed roofs, the contrast of the angular lines of the minarets with the elegant curve of the roof and windows is very pleasing to my eye. The most well known curved buildings are the Burj Al Arab hotel and the Jumeirah Beach hotel, featured below.The header shot is of the Atlantis hotel on the Palm Jumeirah islands, the curved opening in the design makes an iconic feature…. Continue reading
Early morning in May in Dubai, from my window, the rising sun reflects off one building’s windows on the trunk of the artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah. Continue reading
Traditional 22carat gold jewellery in the Gold souk, Dubai. Bedazzling!
Participating in Ludwig’s Monday Windows challenge… come and join in the fun, find a new window each week..it’s certainly a challenge!