Photographer's Note

I found the desert of Wadi Rum to be a truly magical place, the colours and light just dazzlingly beautiful. Every turn revealed a different view and different shapes and forms in this fabulous landscape. Taking a short break from our camel trek, I liked the shape of these rocks which provided some foreground interest against the larger scale backdrop. The lighting was still rather intense and harsh, as you can see from the colours.

The region of Wadi Rum comprises a series of valleys over an area of about 2 km wide and 130 km long, punctuated by dramatic towering jebels of soft sandstone which have eroded over the last 50 million years ago. The valley floors are at about 900m above sea level whilst the peaks reach over 1700m. The intriguing shapes and textures of the jebels are the result of the different strata of rock being eroded at different rates by both water and wind. The region is probably most famous because T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) stayed here in 1917.

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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