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Petra

our bus trip to Eilat from central Israel is detoured...
our bus trip to Eilat from central Israel is detoured...
...due to heavy rains the night before
...due to heavy rains the night before
so we get to see some of the high mountains in the Negev desert
so we get to see some of the high mountains in the Negev desert
water on the road is still an issue
water on the road is still an issue
but the scenery is great
but the scenery is great
we cross the Jordan border and arrive in Aqaba as night falls
we cross the Jordan border and arrive in Aqaba as night falls
our first time at the Red Sea
our first time at the Red Sea
it's a busy port here, as in Eilat
it's a busy port here, as in Eilat
the next morning we are up early for a drive north thru the Arabah
the next morning we are up early for a drive north thru the Arabah
the historic King's Highway climbs up the desert mountains
the historic King's Highway climbs up the desert mountains
down the slopes we see many bedouin camps
down the slopes we see many bedouin camps
our visit to Petra starts with a horse ride; not sure why!
our visit to Petra starts with a horse ride; not sure why!
a hint of things to come
a hint of things to come
OK, the horse ride was very brief
OK, the horse ride was very brief
here the Nabataeans cut channels in the rock to control water
here the Nabataeans cut channels in the rock to control water
we start our walk through the narrow rock cleft
we start our walk through the narrow rock cleft
the stone turns to shades of red and yellow
the stone turns to shades of red and yellow
the path descends slowly as the canyon twists
the path descends slowly as the canyon twists
here's a reconstruction of a small dam used to hold water
here's a reconstruction of a small dam used to hold water
all along the path, the rock walls direct water down...
all along the path, the rock walls direct water down...
where it was captured by these gutters on each side
where it was captured by these gutters on each side
the rock is smoothed and scalloped by wind
the rock is smoothed and scalloped by wind
the scale of the place is amazing...
the scale of the place is amazing...
...as is the sculpture, both natural...
...as is the sculpture, both natural...
...and man-made
...and man-made
and the colors!
and the colors!
in the upper valley, much of the sculpture is funerary
in the upper valley, much of the sculpture is funerary
though the natural shapes can be whimisical
though the natural shapes can be whimisical
some subtle color changes
some subtle color changes
niches in the rock are believed to be for offerings
niches in the rock are believed to be for offerings
here's a remarkable sculpture of two camels and a man
here's a remarkable sculpture of two camels and a man
we are becoming accustomed to looking for traces of water...
we are becoming accustomed to looking for traces of water...
and wind...
and wind...
and man...
and man...
...all along the path
...all along the path
but we are hardly prepared for this glimpse thru the narrow split
but we are hardly prepared for this glimpse thru the narrow split
the structure known as the Treasury, cut into the cliff face
the structure known as the Treasury, cut into the cliff face
not sure how to photograph this place...
not sure how to photograph this place...
OK, this sorta works
OK, this sorta works
alright, one more
alright, one more
not everyone here is impressed
not everyone here is impressed
cut steps are one way beyond the canyon here...
cut steps are one way beyond the canyon here...
...but we'll continue down the walking path
...but we'll continue down the walking path
more tombs are appearing in the rock walls
more tombs are appearing in the rock walls
the old water channels are still following our descent
the old water channels are still following our descent
now we are entering the 'street of facades'...
now we are entering the 'street of facades'...
...a large area with many tombs
...a large area with many tombs
more steps wind up the rock
more steps wind up the rock
some of the tombs have massive facades
some of the tombs have massive facades
other areas are crowded with smaller tomb cavities
other areas are crowded with smaller tomb cavities
a little local color
a little local color
here's an amphitheatre the Nabataeans cut into the tomb site in Roman style
here's an amphitheatre the Nabataeans cut into the tomb site in Roman style
a tomb with a view
a tomb with a view
we're still quite stunned by the colors
we're still quite stunned by the colors
the people in this photo help us appreciate the size of the structures
the people in this photo help us appreciate the size of the structures
the ruins of the Nymphaeum, a public water source and one end of the waterways we've been following
the ruins of the Nymphaeum, a public water source and one end of the waterways we've been following
a collonaded street thru the ancient city's residential area
a collonaded street thru the ancient city's residential area
rocks for sale
rocks for sale
starting to head back up now
starting to head back up now
everyone is enjoying the colors
everyone is enjoying the colors
it's hard to not keep looking up
it's hard to not keep looking up
the 'dolphin' again
the 'dolphin' again
and a quick ride for the last leg of the path
and a quick ride for the last leg of the path
we leave the site, still in wonder
we leave the site, still in wonder
driving thru the high desert again, more bedouin camps...
driving thru the high desert again, more bedouin camps...
...and the ruins of some past dwelling
...and the ruins of some past dwelling
a long view west toward Israel
a long view west toward Israel
passing the new village and archeological site of Humayma
passing the new village and archeological site of Humayma
and then our day ends, back at Aqaba
and then our day ends, back at Aqaba