Approach to Petra

by Kevin Wenning January. 31, 2019 240 views

Many amazing and significant sites in the world are nothing like what you see in photos. We often have to wait in long lines of tourists, edging our way through a crowd of people who are only there for a selfie to post to their social feeds. Petra is certainly a tourist attraction and the treasury in particular is where people spend most of their time during a visit, but it was far less crowded than many places I have been. After exiting this canyon leading in, I saw a lot of people just staring slackjawed or sitting down and quietly taking it in. There is something about this entrance that can't be done justice with a mere photo. Maybe it's that feeling that overwhelms people and encourages silent awe.

First view of the treasury at Petra through the canyon

First view of the treasury at Petra through the canyon

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Russell Smith 1 year, 12 months ago

I hope to see this place before I die or the place is ruined .

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Kevin Wenning Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 12 months ago

Indeed. Jordan has been conflict free for a long time now and it's quite a safe place to travel. I do hope this place never gets sacked like many other significant sites.

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G B 1 year, 12 months ago

Looks like an immensely impressive site! thanks so much for sharing...

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Kevin Wenning Replied to G B 1 year, 12 months ago

It's quite expansive and there are many things to photograph. The treasury just happens to be the iconic spot and easiest to single out for a subject in a photo.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 12 months ago

It is an amazing thing, indeed, and yes, selfies are a plague (never understood why people want to spoil photos of beautiful sights and buildings by standing in front of it ...).

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Kevin Wenning Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 12 months ago

There are various types and reasons for travel. I want to see and photograph the sights and marvel at history. That's also why I photograph what I do; but this isn't the forum for that soapbox.

Younger generations do it mostly to say "look at me" and add to their checklist. While that's not my style I can still appreciate that they're exploring the world. I do think they're missing the culture lesson when their photos are motivated by social validation though.

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Björn Roose Replied to Kevin Wenning 1 year, 12 months ago

Yep, it's a very, as they would say it in French, m'as-tu vu world these days ...

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