Structures from the Intertidal zone, focusing on the sea-anemone….
On our road travels, I take a lot of photos from the car, sometimes they work, but many times they fail, blur, motion, an unexpected head intruding into the shot and so on… but, on occasions, there are some I keep, just because I like the effect and maybe I can work on it in the future.
This was one I kept.
Racing through Al Ain, in the UAE, trying to get to the border on a Thursday night to beat the weekend visa queue on the Oman border, I snapped out of the car window as we hurtled into the city.
I think it’s a stadium and now I can use this shot for this challenge, we were cornering at high speed!
The desert sand is full of texture…
Photos shot in the United Arab Emirates, taking the off-road route to Hamim.
Shadows in the desert, creating art…
There is something special about being out in the desert amidst the graceful sweep of the dunes, the fluid patterns of the sand and the differing delineations as the light changes during the day.
Shot in the sand dunes of the UAE, on the edge of the Empty Quarter, close to the Saudi Border…
One of those “Lets go and see what’s going on over there” moments. Continue reading
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai is currently the tallest building in the world.
Another such structure is forecast in this city of extremes to go higher, but it’s still in the planning stage.
Burj Khalifa dominates the Dubai skyline and just on occasions when the atmosphere is clearer and the sun is the right position and you have your camera in the car and get lucky going over a bridge or at a traffic light ( I have to add here “as a passenger “in case you are thinking I’m snapping as I’m driving) you can just catch this massive Eye of Dubai shining over the city… I haven’t seen Frodo or Gollum here yet, but nothing would surprise me !
It’s that time of year again in the Middle East.
The temperatures are going down, humidity is slowly decreasing, a few clouds appearing in the sky now and intense colours in the sunsets.
Winter is on its way, lovely….
Linking with Skywatch Friday
Driving through Fujeirah, on the UAE coast on Saturday, I spotted a bank building with a pleasing design arrangement of windows. Continue reading
Dibba is a port town on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. This large natural harbor on the east coast of the northern Emirates has been an important site of maritime trade and settlement since the pre-Islamic era. Continue reading
On the edge of the Empty Quarter…. Google maps 22.746997, 54.397568…
Morning light from the rising sun casts shadows across the dunes, giving a surreal effect. Shot at the edge of the Empty Quarter, just before the Saudi border.
For over five thousand years henna has been a symbol of good luck, health, and sensuality in the Arab world. The plant has been associated with positive magic and provides us with a link to an ancient age full of good and bad spirits, baraka and jnoun. Continue reading
Trawling through my Reader, I came across One Word Photo Challenge hosted by Jennifer Nichole Wells .
Intrigued I went off to look and well… given my location and the theme for this week being “Camel” and the fact that I take rather a lot of camel photos, I just had to join in….
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Al Hisn fort in Sharjah , the home of the Al Qassimi ruling family of Sharjah since 1820, but nearly totally demolished in 1969, when the present ruler, who was abroad, managed to rush home to try to stop the demolition.The Fort was restored 20 years later with the original doors and windows saved from the demolished fort. Continue reading
I found a plethora of windows at the Blue Souk, Sharjah, UAE on Saturday, so for once my post has more than one window! I think you will like them, the Islamic style of the Souk is eye-catching with the beautiful blue sky above, setting off the tiles and architecture perfectly. Continue reading
Fours species of turtles nest in the coastal areas of the UAE and Oman, including the green turtle (Chelonia mydus), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), olive ridley turtle (Lepydochelys olivacea) and the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Continue reading
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Landscapes in the Middle East are different, but have their own special beauty. Here are a few….
I found a lovely place to visit last weekend, a small wetland in the heart of Sharjah’s Wasit area.Beautifully laid out, it’s a gem of a place to visit for a couple of hours. Continue reading
Arriving home very late, after a late end of quarter night at work and losing my entire Photo program due to a massive crash, but having already posted today’s assignment via my phone ( I was fairly proud of this achievement, WordPress on iPhone takes a bit of getting used to, but once on track it’s relatively simple, but it was a first!) I managed to restore my photo program and can post my original double thought for this assignment…. Continue reading
When I drive in the desert, utter calm descends over me.
Lowering the tyres to 12psi, the Pajero seamlessly floats over the surface of the sand, every dune unknown, accelerating up and over, easing the pressure as the car crests over and down the ridge.
Beautiful desert colours encompass the surroundings with sand hues ranging from pale yellow to deep ochre, offset by the cloudless blue skies. Continue reading
Finally, I found some doors in the UAE that I call doors, not solid, thick, meaty doors, I’m not sure I’m ever going to find those types here, but these ones are carved, slightly misshapen and quaint. I’m really happy to have found these doors. Continue reading