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2013.02.22
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What with the 6-Nations having a break and the welcome arrival of visitors from the UK the past week has been an eventful one to say the least. Several enquiries that could lead to some more work made a nice addition to the week (although none of these have yet to be confirmed...

My main task this week has been to show our visitors the sights ans sounds of this part of the UAE - namely Abu Dhabi and Dubai; our first trip out was to experience the desert and all its wonders... a spot of dune bashing, sunsets, Arabian cuisine etc were all enjoyed... This image of two of our drivers was taken on top of a large dune. Taken with my favourite combination at the moment - Nikon D2Xs + Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AFD. This image could also work as a silhouette. I may try that later...
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For sometime I have been wondering where the wild flora is out here - I haven't seen any evidence of wild flowers in any sort of abundance. The ones I have seen don't seem to be flowering... BUT whilst wandering through the desert I stumbled (not literally) across this small crucifer-type plant growing straight out of the sand... my first genuine wild flower in the desert...

Incidentally, later in the week I had two new wildlife "ticks" - during our visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque I found an Oleander Hawk-moth resting on a pillar and during our kayak trip through the mangroves I identified Desert Broomrape growing on its's host plant - glasswort. Unfortunately no pictures of these as the moth was way too high up to record clearly and I didn't take a camera on the kayaking trip as dryness couldn't be guaranteed...
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A desert landscape just before sunset. The glow of the sand in the late afternoon sun reminds me of the Australian outback - there is an alien feel to the place - it's another world... When you are there is's hard to see how things can live here ...
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Our visitors 10 year old son rated this building - the Burj Khalifa as the highlight of his trip... The world's highest building sits next to the Dubai Mall and from the top floor of the car park, great views of this amazing glass and steel building are to be found... Being so close however can restrict photo opportunities - this is a 5-image panorama; better views are obviously taken from a distance....
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Finally, we went to the Grand Mosque (home of the oleander hawk-moth) and location of extraordinary architecture. If you follow me on Face Book you will know I regularly visit the Mosque to take pictures of the tourists; however the interior has some of the most exquisite mosaics and detailed tiling you will see anywhere - this is is just a small example of the wonders the interior has to offer...

The coming week could be promising - I have a new tutorial starting on Tuesday and a meeting that afternoon to discuss a shoot in late May. I have also recently quoted for a shoot producing images for a new school brochure and that may start later this week also... It's all go at the moment...

Follow me on Face Book for daily updates and if you feel like it - give me a "like"... and I shall see you all next week...
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