Photographer's Note

My series from the desert scenery of Wadi Rum wouldn't be complete without a classic shot of a bedouin on a camel (I mean, dromedary ;-) Red sand all over and those impressive mountains that are said to rise up to 800m sheer from the desert floor. Maybe the WS2, showing the cliffs behind me on this picture, gives a better idea of that monumentality.
To the right of this view, about 1km, is located the small village of Rum, right in the heart of Wadi Rum. To the left is everything else - this is like a busy highway in a desert - and all safaris of this touristic place go through this way. I decided to walk under the hot temperatures which made me feel even more like an ant.
This shot was taken late in the morning. During the night it gets chilly but during the day temperatures rise up to more than 30degrees in May and much more in summer time.
Some of you might suggest to crop a bit at the bottom for a more clean FG - I had some doubts and decided to leave it this way but I accept any critic in that matter.

WS1 - alternative picture with two camels going in opposite direction, taken earlier in the morning.

WS2 - complementary view showing the perspective of the canyon and the cliffs behind me on this main post.


WADI RUM (From Rough Guide to Jordan book):

One of the most spectacular natural environments in the Middle East, the desert scenery of WADI RUM (pronounced to rhyme with "dumb", not "doom") is a major highlight of a visit to Jordan. The wadi itself is one of a sequence of parallel faults forming valleys in the sandy desert south of the Shara mountains. They are oriented almost perfectly north– south, shaped and characterized by giant granite, basalt and sandstone mountains rising up to 800m sheer from the desert floor. The rocky landscape has been weathered over the millennia into bulbous domes and weird ridges and textures that look like nothing so much as molten candle-wax, but it's the sheer bulk of these mountains that awes – some with vertical, smooth flanks, others scarred and distorted, seemingly dripping and melting under the burning sun. The intervening level corridors of soft red sand only add to the image of the mountains as monumental islands in a dry sea. Split through by networks of canyons and ravines, spanned by naturally formed rock bridges and watered by hidden springs, the mountains offer opportunities galore for scrambling and rock-climbing, where you could walk for hours or days without seeing another soul.
The sunsets are extraordinary; evening coolness after the heat of the day is blissful; the clarity of the desert air helps produce a starry sky of stunning beauty; and the tranquillity of the pitch-dark desert night is simply magical. It's an unforgettable experience.

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