Photographer's Note

When driving north from Aqaba to Kerak along the King's way, we had a stop in a Guest house of the Dana Natural park where we met nice people from different countries.

The we had a walk in the fields around. We were impressed by the importance of agriculture here and it reminded us some valleys of the South Atlas in Morocco. The locals used the natural springs to bring water in each parcel and we saw many different trees, fruits and vegetables. Quite a nice thing to discover after so much desert. 90% of the Jordan surface is made of desert in fact.

After ou walk, we wanted to taste the local fruits we saw in the fields nearby, especially the pomegranates. We went to small shop, bought some bottle of water, and started to explain what kind of fruits we wanted. The old man at the shop didn't speak english, we didn't speak arabic so we tried to make some gestures, then tried to draw the fruits. We could see some potatoes and onions in the shop but no fruit to show... 10 minutes like this, my wife and I were laughing, the old man was puzzled and more and more people were gathering around us including those two kids.

After a while we gave up and went us with many "Chukran" (thanks) for the old man. Then, my wife noticed on the ground in a narrow street the seeds of the pomegranates we were looking for. We brought them back to the shop like a trophee and showed them to the people around. The smaller kid asked me to follow him, we walk for 300m and entered a small house where women where washing clothes, then he brought me a bag with the fruits !!!

He asked me for 1 JD but his father told him something like : "it's free !". So, I paid nothing for this. These people I didn't know where so gentle. We spent a minute smiling, trying to explain we liked Dana and it was beautiful. To finish with, I asked the kids who were interested in my camera if I could make a picture of them. They were happy and asked for more. Once done, they ran to my camera and pressed the play button !!!! I was amazed since they knew it was a digital one and that there was a specific button to play the pictures :) I finally gave them 1 JD for the pictures. Maybe I shouldn't have but they were so kind for the fruits, the pictures and above all for their time : I guess this is a western concern only :)

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