Posted on March 10, 2020
Petra is built on a colossal scale, as is evident from this view of the Treasury from the Siq – the 1.2km long narrow passage that is the most common way to enter the ‘rose-red city, half as old as time’.
Posted on June 4, 2019
Frank’s theme for this week is ‘Ancient’. It’s open to discussion whether there’s a clear transition point between merely old and truly ancient, but I don’t think there’d be too much argument against calling the historic city of Petra as properly ancient. As the poem says, it is after all ‘The rose-red city half as old as time’.
Posted on February 15, 2019
It almost beggars belief that the colossal monuments of the ancient city of Petra, such as this tomb carved out of sandstone, were created thousands of years ago by mere human beings.
Posted on March 14, 2018
This doorway carved into the sandstone of the Nabatean city of Petra, in modern-day Jordan, is over 2,000 years old, so it’s little wonder that it is showing the effects of time.
Posted on January 11, 2018
The passage of millenia has weathered the sandstone of the ancient city of Petra into some fascinating shapes and colours, including this example.
Is it just me, or is that the head of a dinosaur about to graze on that bush?
Posted on October 12, 2017
Posted on May 17, 2017
This week, Frank of Dutch Goes The Photo! has gone off on his holidays so, appropriately, has selected the theme of ‘travel’ for his latest Tuesday Challenge.
It’s a very broad theme, of course; as Frank says, travel could be anything as mundane as a daily commute. However, I’ve selected a rather more exotic image that tries to convey ‘travel’ as the state of being somewhere very different from what you’re used to.
I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to travel quite extensively, for both business and pleasure. The first doesn’t count so much perhaps, but for somewhere very different – in terms of both place and time – one of my all-time favourite places has to be Petra. It’s one of the most photographed locations on the planet, but at least this isn’t a photograph of the iconic Nabatean Treasury (although there are a few photographs of that particular edifice elsewhere on this blog if you care to look).
Posted on March 2, 2017
It doesn’t matter that you know it’s there. The first sight of the Nabatean treasury at Petra, as the long, narrow path of the Siq opens up to reveal the ‘rose red’ ruined city is almost guaranteed to take your breath away.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asks for something that conveys “the excitement, surprise, wonder, or amazement of your ‘road taken’.”
I reckon tthis qualifies:
Posted on August 30, 2016
For Tuesdays of Texture this week, I’ve chosen an image that I came across again when I was looking through my photographs of Petra, (yet) another of which I used for the latest WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
This is a detail of one of the city’s cobbled streets: note the rut worn in the cobbles by the passing of countless wheels thousands of years ago:
Posted on August 27, 2016
Two frames for the price of one in this photograph, taken from the entrance of one of the tombs at Petra, looking through an archway to the rows of seats in the theatre beyond.