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Egypt, a personal view
Since I've lived and worked in Egypt for a year and a half, I had many photo opportunities to look, see and document for my scrap book.
In the photo on the left, I'm standing in front of the Pyramid of Chephren, on the Giza plateau, about a half mile or so away from the monument. This is the middle sized structure but is the most prominent since it stands on the top of the hill. In the center photo can be seen the domes of the Mohammed Ali Mosque completed in 1830. The view is taken thru the interior of the old Mosque of Al Nasir built in 1318. These buildings are located inside the Citadel at Mokattem, an old Ottoman fortress at the top of a rock escarpment, overlooking the city of Cairo. The stones used for the pyramids were supposedly cut from quarries in the base of the cliff. The right photo is some typical desert mountain scenery in the eastern Sinai near the Gulf of Aqaba. The beauty of the landscape is accentuated by it's starkness and near total lack of vegetation. The rock formations in many areas are bright colors of rock and sand. This area is a hot, arid, remote, wild and a very unforgiving place, described in the Old Testament as ...."And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai....."
The desert areas of the Sinai today are still populated only by small tribes of Bedouins. Except for a few strands of power transmission wire and a very lonely road, little has changed here since Moses traversed this land.
Night views of the Giza Pyramids
taken during the sound and light show. This is a must see panorama
of lights, lasers and sound, staged to the history of ancient
Egypt. The program lasts for approximately 45 minutes and is
very well produced. The photo is dark due to the dim lighting,
dust and incredible distances involved. The camera, a Minolta
SLR, was tripod mounted with a remote shutter release. Film speed
was ASA100 at an exposure time of approximately 25 seconds at
f4. The above left is a composite of four separate photos scanned
and assembled with Adobe Photoshop. I captured these on my 4th
trip with much ruined film before I could get the time right.
With the constantly changing lights this became an estimated
guess, maybe the good cold Stella Beer helped to steady my nerves
on the last try....Remember the motto, "That which doesn't
kill you....makes you stronger".
For alternative wacky opinion see "The Pump"
On the left is the entrance to the Colored Canyon near the eastern Sinai village of Nuwaiba. The truck is parked at the top of the hill overlooking the valley. The white patch at the left of the truck is an outcropping of white sand. The valley is a nearly shear 500 ft fall from there. The photo was taken at local sunset looking east. In the center photo stands a small patch of palm trees growing in the valley floor where the road to Nuwaiba runs. The trees live on water available at the bottom depths of the valley floor. The hill in the background rises probably 1500ft near straight up. This valley runs for approximately 25km thru this area. As I said, this land is unforgiving, as several people were killed in this very spot 2 weeks after this photo was taken due to flash floods running the valley floor. Even though this is a desert, it does occasionally rain and this is no place you want to be if and when it does. Cars and large trucks were swept away and crushed like toys. First hand horror stories came from some friends who ran for their lives and spent 4 days and nights up the bluff with no food or water. Some bedouins found them and brought them out. The car stayed to become part of the landscape for a few more weeks.
The right picture is the beach at the village of Nuwaiba on the Gulf of Aqaba. The reefs start just a few yards beyond the outer skiff and the water depth there is around 6 meters. The reefs are teeming with many varieties of fish and are for the most part clean and unspoiled. The water is very warm, very clear, and quite salty. This is typical of landlocked gulf areas in this region.
The red mountains in the hazy distance is the western coastline of Saudi Arabia. When set against the extreme blue of the water, it makes a real pretty view......yes, the water is actually that blue !!
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it....from Omar Khayyam ( alias "Omar The Tentmaker" ) Exerpted from the Rubiayat, circa 1120 CE
The Kuwaiti oil fires were probably the one thing that most people remember about the Gulf War. Actually people still to this day ask me if they are still burning. The original estimates for the job was around 8 years but with a concentrated team effort by a lot of manpower resulted in the last fire being put out in only eight months.
This is a photo of Burgan field during the height of the firefighting efforts. It was taken in full daylight, and somewhere above the blackness is a noonday sun. The distant fires are reflected in a lake of crude oil which covered most of the area.
Dusk across an oil lake, ghosted by a lone white cloud. Center of photo is a single burning gas flare, illuminating the remains of a destroyed Iraqi tank.
Burgan in the final days of the fires. This is a ground fire caused from the flames of oil soaked earth actually burning. The fire is a couple of kilometers away and very dense.
The "original" color of the earth can be seen in the newly pushed road. Fallout of oil from the many fires has darkened the entire area. This picture was taken in the very south end of the Burgan field about 5km south of the previous photo and several months later.
Kuwait today is restored with little outward signs of the conflict. Public gardens abound and life for the most part is quiet and peaceful.
And here is my apartment and me at the computer....( Hopefully I will get some more pictures published soon...! )
SCOTLAND....My scanner isn't working...it's outta beer. Please try later, 'cuz it's real pretty. Actually...it's awesome, Scotland that is.....my scanner's pretty ugly and unlike me it's also reasonably functional.
ENGLAND, FINLAND, YEMEN, SYRIA AND THE EMIRATES pages all suffer from the same problem....
"please send more beer...."
Oh threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise! One thing at least is certain - This Life flies; One thing is certain and the rest is Lies; The Flower that once is blown forever dies....Omar Khayyam: from The Rubiayat, circa 1120 CE
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