Photographer's Note

There were not many photos from Wadi Rum lately, so here this one.
Camels are called sometimes the ships of the desert. It is really fascinating to observe how they move when you sit high on them.
Millions of people who live in Africa and Asia depend on camels to supply most of their needs. Camels pull ploughs, turn water wheels to irrigate fields, and carry grain to market places. Deep in the deserts, camels are almost the only source of transportation, food, clothing, and shelter.
A desert is a landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation, less than enough to support growth of most plants. Most deserts have an average annual precipitation of less than 400 millimetres. Deserts take up about one fifth (20%) of the Earth's land surface. Many deserts are formed by rain shadows; mountains blocking the path of precipitation to the desert (on the lee side of the mountain). Deserts are often composed of sand and rocky surfaces. Sand dunes called ergs and stony surfaces called hamada surfaces compose a minority of desert surfaces. Exposures of rocky terrain are typical, and reflect minimal soil development and sparseness of vegetation. The soil is rocky because of the low chemical weathering, and the relative absence of a humus fraction.

On Wadi Rum I had only relatively short excursion by the old jeep. But it was a great fun anyway. Wadi Rum ( also known as The Valley of the Moon) is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in south Jordan.
The area is now also one of Jordan's important tourist destinations, and attracts an increasing number of foreign tourists, particularly trekkers and climbers, but also for camel and horse safari or simply day-trippers from Aqaba or Petra.
The influx of tourists to this once isolated area has substantially increased the financial fortunes of the Bedouin people, and it is not uncommon to see locals using mobile phones and driving expensive four-wheel drive vehicles; many also have wi-fi and computers to run their adventure tourism businesses.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11941 W: 126 N: 30355] (141994)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2010-02-27
  • Na¶wietlenie: f/4, 1/1000 sekund
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  • Wersja zdjêcia: Oryginalna wersja
  • Date Submitted: 2011-10-31 1:08
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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11941 W: 126 N: 30355] (141994)
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