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Wadi Rum and a night under the stars...

2010.08.05
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The ubiquitous Toyota Hilux.... vehicle of choice in the valley
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Sheer cliff faces...
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And ancient carvings made by Bedouin tribes over the centuries...
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Inhabitants more comfortable with the heat...
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Weird rock formations...
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Camels wandering....
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Getting near the camp site now...
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The dune I chose for my bed :-)
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Midnight, looking along the valley...
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I'll leave the remaining Petr pics for another time and move on to Wadi Rum - made famous in the West by Lawrence of Arabia - it was his base when he joined Faisal in the Arab Revolt in WW1.

Again it was blisteringly hot but you kind of forget the pure heat when you are bumping along over the desert in the back of a Toyota pick-up - because then it feels like you are in the face of a massive hair dryer set to "hot"!

We stayed overnight at a campsite in the valley but rather than remain in or around the central tent I took myself off up a sand dune about 200m away - it's quite an experience lying there on a simple mat on the sand, silently under the stars with just the moonlight to see by - and the last pic isn't a fake - that's just stars and moonlight at around midnight in the middle of the desert :-)

Needless to say, but I will, enlarged is better!
12 Comments
tundercseresznye wonderful pictures!!:)
tundercseresznye · 2010-08-05: 12:09
susjustjake What a wonderful adventure!
susjustjake · 2010-08-05: 13:21
DancingDolphin Good idea, I expect that night was worth the day... beautiful last shot.
DancingDolphin · 2010-08-05: 15:39
smbunation Great work. I like shot nine and the annotation.
smbunation · 2010-08-05: 21:48
slowpete well captured.
must have been awesome
slowpete · 2010-08-06: 01:19
Allegra I like them all. the photo of the night, however, is far more beautiful than millions of pictures :-)
Allegra · 2010-08-06: 04:36
jet28 Incredible landscapes - so imposing!
jet28 · 2010-08-06: 05:59
jennye Excellent set! The night shot is so beautiful!!!
jennye · 2010-08-06: 14:49
girafferacing Another stunning set! Can't wait to see the rest :-)
girafferacing · 2010-08-06: 18:07
????? Oh DAvid, what a fascinating place and adventure you had.
I'd loved to see the pano of no. 9. Cool bed ;-)
Stunning sky in the last one... full of stars... Mystic and mysterious... Love it.
????? · 2010-08-06: 19:56
manuele wondwrful set! The night shot is so beautiful
manuele · 2010-08-07: 04:24
armando Beautiful, beautiful, fantastic!
armando · 2010-08-09: 11:28
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