In the desert outside Al-Ain, in the United Arab Emirates, various modes of travel are on offer. Having ridden (albeit briefly) a camel – an interesting, if rather unsettling, experience – personally I’d stick to the road.
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).
I have been very fortunate to travel widely – and not always on business – but the ten years we spent living an working in Abu Dhabi were particularly memorable: and, of course, completely different in almost every way to what we were used to.
On the nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island, in the Arabian Gulf, we went for a game drive at sunset, where I found this lone oryx, which seems to have some wanderlust of its own. There really was a yellow cast to the sky as the sun was going down.
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’.”