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A Serene Day in Riyadh

A Serene Day in Riyadh
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-06
Categories: Desert
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 6:28
Viewed: 4789
Points: 18
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Saturday, 6th January, 2007. 9.30 AM.
Our caravan of three cars has just left the city of Riyadh behind, zipping along the wide 8 lanes highway to Mecca. The last day of Hajj holidays, so the roads are rather free of usual heavy traffic.
Soon the lead car swerves right, taking the exit road and we in the second place follow it. A breathtaking view of a fairly deep and narrow valley opens up – your standard oasis setting in the desert. It turns into a dirt road after a kilometer or two. The car lurches and bounces on the uneven road, raising a cloud of dust. Then it comes to an abrupt stop.

We get off and saunter behind the first group to the edge of a level expanse of brownish sand. The winter this year in Riyadh has been rather cold, so the morning sun feels good on the back.

Suddenly I stop short and gape. There is a small body of clear blue water in the deep trough beyond the edge of the plain. I can’t believe my eyes. Water in the Arabian Desert and that too so clean and clear looking? My host in whose car I am travelling has lived in Riyadh for a quarter century and knows its surroundings like the back of his hand. He is an avid outdoor man. Come winters and every Friday he is out in the figurative bush with his very supportive wife and two kids. He tells me the depression in the earth is the result of excavation for construction materials. When it rains in Riyadh (and this winter, it did rain in Riyadh for a prolonged period of time in December, almost giving the feel of monsoons back home in India), the rain water gets accumulated in that depression. He shows me the markings higher on the banks of the pond; he says water had reached that level some time back.

I take my camera out to take some pictures. Our group of nearly 20 with half of them children frolics around the “lake”, throwing pebbles into the water or wading a little into it. The water looks good but the surroundings are rather prosaic, punctuated by tall power towers across the water body. When I take pictures, I just cannot stop them getting into the frame.
Here is a picture of that spot. Hope you will find it interesting.
The group “activities” can be seen in the Workshop.

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Hello Ram,

No offense, but I would think that this shot would do / be better on TrekEarth, not? Especially given the WS which you have added. I think this is great material for the underlying theme of TrekEarth, which is learning more about the world through photography.

See you next with some Nature shots eh. Thanx, Jay

Hello Ram
Very nice landscape,and
Intresting notes,beautiful


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-01 9:59]

Hi Ram.
I like him very much this place and amazing colours,really.Beautiful combination of colours sand and very nice sky.Nicely composed,good exposure and framing.(It power line would surely removed some programme.)
Well done,nice work.Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Hi dear Ram ,
nery nice scenery and great composed.
nice sharpness and well captured.
thanks and regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-01 11:51]

Hello Ram,
Very nice landscape.Water seems very clear.I liked exposure,POV and framing a lot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-01 13:11]

Hello Ram,
There are occasions on TN when a good note is not only desirable, but essential.
Without your note I would have thought this might have been a shot of a sand quarry in Europe, the distant pylons adding to that feeling. But when you say that this is a collection of rain water in A DESERT, then that puts an entirely different aspect to the matter!
You can see the former water levels very clearly and this shot is well composed and sharp.
Very interesting!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Salut Ram
Belle et intéressante photo pour ce superbe paysage avec ces belles couleurs et une bonne netteté etune très jolie composition.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hllo Ram Sir,
The story behind this picture makes it more beutiful. I like the color tones in this picture. The frame is also nice giving it a typical wall frame.


Hola Ram.
Estupendos contrastes entre el agua y el cielo así como el color de la tierra.
Buena luz y agradable presentación.
Ciao, JL.

Hi Ram,
A nice spot in a desert!! , great capture and this picture is full of serenity and its soothing to a tried eyes like mine :-).

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