This is a view from the northern border of Jordan with a landscape showing the common border between Israel (left), Syria (front) and Jordan (where I stood). One can see the green Jordan valley in the foreground while you can guess the Tiberiade lake in the background.
For the story, when driving along the Jordan river, we went across 8 military check-points in less than 2 hours. Why so many controls ? In fact it is quite a sensitive border because of the Jordan river and its important springs. The Golan ridge is just there on the right.
One need to understand that the countries around are mostly made of deserts which is fine for nomad people but is a threat for urbanizing areas. Many arab projects planned to build hydraulic dams to better manage the water resource between Syria and Jordan.
The Israeli attack on the Golan ridge in 1967 was part of such an issue. Indeed, building a dam over the Jordan may be a threat for that country since it largely depend on that river as well. Indeed, we passed a large canal build by Israel which bring water from that area and the Tiberiad lake to feed the Naguev desert in the very south of Israel. Building a dam in that area may jeopardize the agriculture Israel could develop in the south of its territory.
Another issue is the creation of a Palestinian state in the south, on the path of that canal. Political analysts assess that Israel also fear that a stable Palestinian state may geopardize as well the balance in the water consumptions since new projects to satisfy the Palestinian needs in water may also reduce the amount of water available brought by that canal going from the Tiberiade lake up to the Neguev desert close to Egypt.
All in all, we may assess that Water is really a large part of the issues which fuel the conflictual relationship between those countries. Probably far more than oil issues.
Levels adjusted, USM applied.
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aloyho (6798) 2005-10-01 7:36
A really beautiful landscape with such a vast space and good depth as suggested by the different tones of the land forms. The valley with the greeneries are very attractive and you have chosen the right POV. Good sharpness and beautiful colours. Congratulations!!! Regards.
Ina (2687) 2005-10-01 7:42
Fantastic colors and a fantastic landscape too... The composition and light is great...TFS...Ina...
mortijo (12828) 2005-10-01 8:05
The colors are well saturated, and note makes it possible to enjoy the picture even more. TThe only, slight, minus is a little tilt (one more) to the left.
Eagle78 (1933) 2005-10-01 11:05
Hey Steven :) How have you been all this time man? :))
What a nice capture of those almost inospit regions. The geological work here helps on giving depth to your image through those nice valleys. Besides de greens that break the monotony of sandy colors, really help on giving this image an extra interest. Well seen :)
sleon (9402) 2005-10-01 11:59
A fascinating landscape, well captured with great colours and an intersting note. I visited the area briefly some years ago and am looking forward to seeing more in a couple of weeks time!
faubry (35405) 2005-10-02 6:01
vraiment une belle photo de ce paysage grandiose: !es couleurs sont très belles et contrastée,cette photo ressemble à celle que je viens de poster sur un paysage marocain... bravo et merci
gravatar (1586) 2005-10-25 19:14
Very nice shot. The composition and hues are exquisite. The background info was nice to know too. Here I thought the whole deal was a religious thing, when in reality, the true issue is a dispute over a limited resource.
royh (581) 2005-11-16 17:52
Awesome shot... I was on the Israeli side of your photo this summer and also appreciated the view from our side. This is a really interesting perspective for anyone who is familiar with this beautiful area.
Your note is also very true, and water is a big deal over there even though it is largely overlooked by more attention-grabbing news headlines...
veronika (6058) 2006-05-31 13:29
this is very nice picture and the water stream with the green around look like an oasis in the middle of dry desert, i can feel that heat also here in rainy Slovakia :)
Good work Steve + interesting note.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40/4L USM, Digital RAW, Hama Circular Polarizer 77 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Travelogue: 9 DAYS TO DISCOVER JORDAN
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- Date Submitted: 2005-10-01 6:21
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