The Sinai Peninsula or Sinai (Coptic: sina; Egyptian Arabic: sina سينا; Arabic, sina'a سيناء; Sinin in most Semitic languages, Hebrew: סיני Sinai) is a triangular peninsula in Egypt. It lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south, forming a land bridge from Africa to Southwest Asia.
Millions of years ago the Sinai Peninsula was attached to Egypt and Saudi Arabia as part of the land mass known as the Great Rift Valley. Thermal currents, the movement of the continental plates, glacial and volcanic activity eventually threw up this triangular area of remote mountains and desert, bordered on one side by the Gulf of Suez and on the other by the Gulf of Aqaba. Its geology can be divided into three main areas. The northern part runs parallel with the Mediterranean coast and consists of dried up river beds or wadis leading to sand dunes and fossil beaches. Rocky islets of limestone punctuate the flat landscape extending south towards the mountainous limestone and sandstone region of Gebel Maghara. The central part of the peninsula is mostly comprised of the el-Tih Plateau, a high area of limestone formed during the Tertiary Period. The southern geology of Sinai was formed by volcanic action on the sea bed producing large areas of granite and basalt and bounded in the coastal region by ancient coral formations. Sinai is a geologist's paradise, but no casual visitor to the peninsula could fail to be captivated by the textures and colours seen in the vast array of mountainous landscapes.
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tcgt1979 (156) 2008-11-10 5:39
Really, what a beautiful picture. As good as it gets! Congrats.
Tashy (1820) 2008-11-10 5:42
Amazing shot; great composition, wonderful colours and great choice of the title. It matches the image completely.
I love the three stones in the front, set against sand dune and that rock in the
background. They look so small and so fragile against the powers of nature.
Best regards, Stasa
Haymotion (2729) 2008-11-10 5:46
Très belle composition !
J'aime beaucoup ce premier plan avec ces pierres posées sur le sable !!
Qualité de l'image très bonne et luminosité et contraste très bien gérée..
pittdesign (288) 2008-11-10 6:03
Magnifique composition. On reste sans voix devant ce paysage lisse et calme.
dta (68846) 2008-11-10 6:48
Hello Lucie ,
Fantastic shot ! Wonderful colors , and a composition so simple , but so great . An amazing fore ground : the three stones in the sand , perfectly placed . A really good atmosphere of silence and serenity , as you write .
fallan (1860) 2008-11-10 7:04
Great composition. Everything work well together. Simple yet compelling.
Bruno40 (6658) 2008-11-10 7:11
Very good work Lucie.
I like its simplicity and beauty
zesopol (258) 2008-11-10 7:27
I never been to Sinai but this photo shows the silence, peaceful and the beautiful place of Sinai. I like the soft gold light on the sand and on the cliff. Nice composition and it is a very beautiful photo indeed.
ze'sopol from Timor-Leste
Gierlinski (948) 2008-11-10 7:37
I like your picture very much mainly for it's smoothness. The rock above disturbs this calm composition carved by the wind but also shows the real landscape.
Hunkar (6974) 2008-11-10 8:06
A pure nature scene with warm colors..
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-11-10 8:37
what a contrast of surfaces...everybody talks about colour contrasts here, for me a large uniform area contrasting a small vivid one is also an eyecatcher..
to enhance the effect you could show more of the sand and less of the rocks. But as you did it, it´s perfect, too...
eversmile (11636) 2008-11-10 9:42
I like very much your POV, here, with the three stones on the sand, like sea stars beached. The colors are lovely, and the smoothness of the sand texture is excellent too.
mkamionka (31287) 2008-11-10 12:50
Great desert composition.
I like the foreground stones and very subtle texture of the dune. Good colors too.
cbrman (21645) 2008-11-10 22:50
Des couleurs magnifiques ocres et orangées. J'aime beaucoup l'avant plan qui apporte une très belle touche à la compo. Une image que l'on a plaisir à voir.
ku-fotak-chtik (1142) 2008-11-11 2:18
Nadherna jednoduch kompozice, krasne teple barvy a dobra ostrost a to vse na nadhernem miste Sinaie.
dkeus31 (27735) 2008-11-11 4:14
wow, the three lonely stones in the foreground make the difference here, a great picture with them!
Aurellie (12) 2008-11-11 4:27
! I'm really impressed... This photograph is amazing. Just breathtaking !
I'd also like to congratulate you on so good gallery you created .
Yeoman (1155) 2008-11-11 8:49
Pffff... It's so beautiful, full of serenity and peace... A great picture, as usually... I love this one at all levels...
Cormac (26563) 2008-11-11 20:40
What I really like about this is the contrasting textures - the ultra smooth sand surface makes a great counter point to the rough stones of the cliff. Of course the three stones sitting at the bottom of the frame are well placed to fill the space and effectively point the way into the scene. Superb (as usual!).
kensimage (8561) 2008-11-11 22:37
A great composition, Lucie. The foreground is very Zen-like, as if it were transported from a Japanese garden straight to the Sinai. It helps capture the solitude of the desert. Regards, Ken.
Glint (6171) 2008-11-12 10:11
an accomplished composition. Beautiful light and the colour palette of gold and blue is always a winner.
Janice (4403) 2008-11-20 1:44
No footprints in the sand - it looks so pristine and untouched.
Well composed image Lucie, and the colours and details are good.
jrj (34841) 2008-11-21 13:52
Lucie - what to say - so simple and just superb.. a delight for the eye..
azizbilgili (2111) 2008-11-26 1:10
Really, what a beautiful picture. As good as it gets! Congrats.
Very good work...
cdmonson (4794) 2008-11-26 8:52
Very nice shot that is on par with all of your other work--beautiful open landscape with just three little foreground rocks that look completely natural and yet perfectly framed at the same time. You make this kind of perfect framing seem so effortless, which really is why your shots are so nice. Great job.
giorgimer (34897) 2008-12-08 14:41
I just discovered your very beautiful gallery. First of all compliments, it's full of wonderful shots. This is another example. Perfect shrpness and DOF, magic colors.
Very well done!
Merou (4726) 2008-12-21 15:49
Simple but so beautiful
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-01-15 7:13
All the best for you in 2009!!!
Superb shot, so simple - so great!
Like always absolutely in your style.
marietom (34609) 2009-01-20 9:53
quelle magnifique composition, simple, avec de très belles couleurs. J'aime beaucoup !
sevy (15365) 2009-04-26 3:05
I discover this photo thanks to the theme "Deserts".
The composition is very good, especially with the curve of the 3 stones in the foreground, filling it and driving the look to the cliff.
Good rendering of the colors and the mood of this moment with soft light.
An invitation to visit deserts.
CeccoPhoto (2717) 2009-06-30 7:55
I have seen now this photo,I want tell you that is superbe.
I am not a professional but this photo yes!!
I love the colour so warm, and the composition is very excellent.
Very Good Work.
Rafer (15415) 2009-08-04 9:14
Muy buena composición y tonos cálidos....saludos
JugnuToor (159) 2010-02-17 22:43
very nice use of three stones in the foreground leading in to the picture.
zipekci (343) 2011-07-30 23:22
very beautiful...very impressive...congratulations TFS.
seb1lopez (187) 2013-12-13 4:14
really nice! two tones: yellow and blue in various ways, nice line by the mountains up, and the 3 rocks add really sthg! colors and light well balanced and perfectly framed!
- Copyright: Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) (9976)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-02-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 18-200 f3.5/6.3
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Deserts [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 5:33
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