Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Scenic Wadi Rum Desert of Jordan

This gentleman was our jeep driver at Wadi Rum, a desert area several hours south of Petra.  It was the slocation of the filming of Lawrence of Arabia, and was an area where the real T.E. Lawrence conducted his operations during the Arab Revolt against the Turks in 1917-18.
Wadi Rum reminded us of Monument Valley, Arizona, with a landscape of sandstone buttes in a desert of sand dunes.
There are petroglyphs in Wadi Rum.  It appears that early man in this area was inspired to create art depicting camels.   It is amazing that prehistoric people could even survive in this arid territory.
This looks like a scene from Lawrence of Arabia.  Wadi Rum is 37 miles (60 km) east of Aqaba, the site of one of Lawrence's major victories in leading Arabs against the Ottoman Turks.
This butte is called The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, named in the 1980's after T.E. Lawrence's memoirs.  Lawrence of Arabia is one of my husband's favorite movies.

5 comments:

JM said...

Love the camel caravan shot and the portrait on top.

glenda said...

Great shots. The petroglyphs are so interesting.

Judy said...

Gorgeous shots! So glad you are sharing the pictures from your amazing travels.

Memphis MOJO said...

This series makes me feel like I'm there -- nice job.

Sharon said...

These are great photos but, I especially like the one with the camels. That one is so dreamlike.

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