Y is for Yas

This final instalment of Cee’s alphabetical Black & White challenge was always going to be a bit tricky – unless, that is, you have a particular soft spot for yachts or zebras (I don’t).

However, inspiration finally struck when I remembered this iconic hotel (it actually used to be called the Yas Hotel), which is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, right next to the Formula 1 race circuit.

We stayed there once. Very interesting architecturally, but as a hotel? – meh.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Y or Z

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 34 – Movement

As they leave smoke trails in the national colours, these six jets of the United Arab Emirates Air Force display team convey a strong sense of movement (trust me, those things can really move) during National Day celebrations in the skies over Abu Dhabi.

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 34 – Movement

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Falling Water

All along the Corniche in Abu Dhabi runs a park. There are play areas and plenty of items of architectural interest, including this water feature. I particularly like the contrast between the rigid geometry of the mosaic and the concrete on the one hand and the running (falling) water on the other.

It being Abu Dhabi, naturally enough the sun was shining, so the light, shade and shadow add further interest to the composition.

Tuesday Photo Challenge 9 May 2017: Falling Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger

In response to the theme of ‘Danger’ for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, here is a photograph I took a few years ago from the balcony of our apartment in Abu Dhabi.

A fire had broken out in a residential block just around the corner, and the emergency services had to evacuate some residents by helicopter.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 24 – Light

This week the challenge is to provide an image using light (wouldn’t be much of an image without it, I have to say) but not sunlight.

This photograph was taken from a boat making an evening cruise along the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, just before we left there and moved to France. It was well after sunset, so all the light is man-made.

I used to work on the 23rd Floor of the left hand tower of the featured building. My office had a glass exterior wall, so the view was quite spectacular.

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52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 24 – Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

The symmetrical curves of the arches in this cloister of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi are the epitome of ‘graceful’.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience

Ambience: the sense of a place. This is poolside at the hotel on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Quite possibly one of the most relaxing places we have ever been to (several times).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience