Hole In The Wall

Is a window without a pane really anything more than just a hole in the wall?

A bird resting in the fort of the Hili Oasis, near Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hole or Whole

The bull-necked giraffe

It’s not really bull-necked, of course: an optical illusion caused by use of a telephoto lens.

However, the natural pattern of the giraffe’s hide is very characteristic.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns In Nature

Gold Leaf Galore

The opulent design of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi incorporates quantities of gold leaf.

CMMC 9 December 2020: Silver or Gold

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 42 Work

This was where I spent the last few years of my working life – my office at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. If only my desk here now was so tidy…

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 42 Work

A quiet bar

The bar at the Sir Bani Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Life is hard sometimes…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors & Windows

Horny

A veritable forest of horns in this group of Arabian oryx in the nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Horns

Monday Window: Al Ain

Fortunately, this lion at Al Ain Zoo in the United Arab Emirates was on the other side of the window.

#Monday Window 24 August 2020

Beached

At this time of year In Abu Dhabi, it’s way too hot to spend much time on the beach or in the water, so these colourful pedalos find themselves beached for the duration.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything Bicycles or Tricycles

Welcome shade

Most benches in Abu Dhabi tend to come with an accompanying shelter to provide some shade – essential when the sun beats down all day and air temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees.

These benches are on Yas Island and, it must be said, are rather less interesting than the sinuous curves of the structure that shades them (not entirely successfully).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

Oryx

A safe home in the Sir Bani Yas game reserve, Abu Dhabi.

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