Jagged Piece of Sky, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The Kingdom of Jordan is a warm and welcoming country and Wadi Rum -- one of the undisputable crown jewels of this holy land -- simply takes the cake on all accounts, in my opinion. On the guidance of my new bedouin friend, i traveled the 3 hours drive down the interior highway to this marvelously expansive and colorful desert, wishing i could hop out to capture the emerging landscapes before they swept past my eyes and into the dusty background behind us.
The following morning, on my day of departure for Israel, i quickly packed my bags and joined a carpool 'jeep' caravan and went for a second, amazing 'safari' through the rocky red and orangely hued martian-esque landscape. After capturing the 'natural sandstone monument (as posted June 8th), our 3 man troupe headed further still into the desert, crossing over into vast swaths of yellowish ochre and tan sands before coming abruptly to a halt in a region shielded on most sides by massive and dramatically 'arranged' sandstone outcrops. I hopped out once again to continue my exploration by foot, and eventually found my way over to a seemingly endless wall of brown-yellow rock with an intriguingly obvious gaping mouth -- a hole certainly large enough for a man to enter with ease. A thin passageway ran steadily back into pitch blackness, making a sudden sharp turn to the right before coming to a steep incline that ended out of flashlight aided eyesight. In the dark silence i thought i heard the distant squeak of bats. I briefly looked around. There was evidence that someone at some point had lived here...
Stepping out of a cave that Lawrence of Arabia is rumored to have used as a secret hide-out for his intelligence operations, i marveled at this surreal view: Thrust between a massive sandstone bluff and the rocky overhang of the ledge above me, existed this animated glimpse of jagged blue sky.
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