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Chocolate Boulders -- Red Sand, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Posted by
dj.tigersprout (New York City, United States) on 15 July 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Halfway up a steep, monstrous bluff behind our camp, I find myself on a large flat ledge overlooking impressive red sand dunes and islands of red sandstone. Strewn with large, broken slabs of reddish rock, it looked as if some giant had taken a mallet to the side of the rock face and simply smashed it to pieces!

I found a good spot and sat down on a boulder, contemplating the expansive view and wiping the first bit of sweat from my brow -- glad to be out of the direct sunlight. Having cooled off a bit, I began looking around at the numerous fallen boulders i was amongst. Due to the refreshing shade, the reddish hues began looking much more brownish... and after a few moments, the boulders looked less like hard, dusty rock and more like massive chunks of dark, Swiss chocolate -- (i hadn't yet eaten breakfast -- and the early morning heat certainly wasn't helping!) I entertained this thought for a few moments, caught in my delicious reverie until i distinctly heard my name echo up to me. Someone was calling me from down below -- breakfast was ready!

I stood up, dusted myself off and looked about, drinking in the amazing view one last time before heading back the way i had come. I looked back down at the closest boulders on the ledge -- strangely, they no longer looked as edible as they had just moments before... Had they really looked like Chocolate? I was sure they had! I stooped down and touched one of the crumbled rock pieces in front of me, marveling at the fleeting hallucination. And then, just for good measure -- and for the sake of posterity, i swung my camera over my shoulder and snapped this pic! :P

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 160 18 mm

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1/30 second
ISO 160
18 mm