The group assembled at Al Reihaily gas station in Obhur and left passed 3:30 in the morning. It was a more or less 430-kilometer land travel from Jeddah to Al Wahba crater, but since its discovery by Saudi Tourism, highways and signs had been constructed to lessen travelling time.
We traveled via Thuwal due to availability of gas stations along the way. It was a 6-cars convoy travel. A friend offered a sit for me in his car with his family and since I was used to long travels, a 4-5 hour trip is just a piece-of-cake.
As soon as the sun came out, we took shots. The photo above was taken during one of the many stop-overs that we had.
What is good about this adventure was the road ends exactly at the crater’s edge. Upon reaching it, every one took their weapons, and Filipino photographers conquered the place.
Al Wahba crater is found in Saudi Arabian desert n the western edge of the Hafer Kishb basalt plateau, which has many volcanic cones. It is recorded to be 820 feet deep and 2 kilometer in diameter. The bottom is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals which makes the crater attractive to photographers.
Geologists believed that the crater was formed by volcanic activity in the form of an underground phreatic eruption – a massive steam explosion generated by molten basaltic magma coming into contact with subterranean water. – Source: Wikipedia
Since it is dangerous to climb down the crater (but not to experienced and prepared mountain climbers), we preferred to stay on top and maximized the use of what is available.
The wall of the crater is made of different kinds of rocks. Well, this is not a time to go back to science class, so let me just show you some photos.
Most of the grass, palms and other plants can be found at the northern part of the crater. We are near the southern part so no one dared to go near. According to some bloggers who came first before us, there is only one safe way to climb down, and it will pass through the place where most of the vegetation are located. It is also where visitors who plan to stay overnight build their camp.
In the part 3 of this series, we will go on to some wider shots on what to expect at Al Wahba crater including magical time-lapse photography by our very own Filipino photographers.
I’ve already posted a black and white version of this photo here, but since this week’s wordpress photo challenge is about “hue”, I opted to post this colored version together with the black and white.
Since I started loving photography, making photos of sunset is one of my favorites. I just love the colors and peace atmosphere that it brings. It calms my mind and soul. A gift of peace after a busy day. It’s the feeling of completeness and success. It’s beyond any description and explanation.
But if I like to appreciate beauty in its deepest sense, I tend to look at it in black and white. The simplicity without diversity. The unison of things. The beauty beyond what is seen.
Oftentimes we feel the same way. Moods change. Different personalities brought by different circumstances. Persons, things and experiences add colors to our life, but at the end of the day only ourselves know who we really are deep within.
Here in Saudi Arabia, you can see a lot of things like this things abandoned in an empty lot.
In life, oftentimes our place in society depends on what kind of chair we sat upon. In offices, the manager has a better kind of chair than a simple employee. Kings have their own kind too. Look around. You can see people’s society status by simply looking on what kind of chair they’re using.
In life, we don’t have to change ourselves, only get better. We need to improve but keep who we really are. So aim for a better and improved quality chair, but don’t change how you sit. It’s you. You’re unique.
I wish peace. I long for serenity. I want calmness. I need happiness. I MISS HOME
Actually, time always stood still, every time I miss home. I’m working here in abroad while my family is in the Philippines. My wife is taking care of our first baby born child, now 12 days old.
Time stood still while I’m remembering each moment while we were together before I went abroad. Treasured moments of laughter and struggles. Things flashed back on my mind on how we become successful in overcoming trials together.
And if I could only tweak a thing, it would be being there for them even for a single moment to give them both a hug and a kiss.
I miss home.
Today’s Daily Prompt is quite challenging. It says,
“If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us SENSITIVE.”
Let me show you first a photo before I give my verdict. 🙂
Can you think of a reason why the short pants was not hang along with the others?
Do you have any idea why I took this shot?
Let me guess. Each one of you would have different answers in each question. There will be no common and universal answer to my questions. Well, the same thing with COMMON SENSE. The problem with it is that common sense is not always common. 🙂
To answer today’s daily prompt question, I would likely have a lot of COMMON SENSE. It will matter a lot with regards to survival. By the way, whether someone is forced or not to give up one sense, who dares? Every sense is essential to life, no one would risk. So its NONSENSE to loose one. Well, that’s it, I would give up NONSENSE. 😀
A close window. A wall with some drawings most probably drawn by a child. What’s inside? Why is it close?
For some readers and viewers, the photo speaks nothing. But for a few, it can be something.