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The dromedary camel walks moving both legs on one side then the other while its body rolls side to side. This seesaw movement can cause a storage bag to rub against the camels body developing a hole. As best I can tell this is what most likely took place on one of the caravans crossing the Arabian desert.
Numerous caravan routes criss crossed Arabia. This image is of one traversing the Najd in central Saudi Arabia. Along this ancient trade route a hole wore into a bag carrying iris bulbs. The seesaw movement of the camel deposited bulbs along the desert floor. Wind blew sand over the bulbs and they lay dormant until in the spring the winter rains enable the iris to bloom.
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Japanese cedar trees (Petasites japonicus) with branches cleared to develop a smooth exterior. Tree trunks are used as a feature in living room alcoves. Children harvest the trees their grandparents planted, nurture and cultivate trees their parents plant and plant new trees for future generations. West of Kyoto, Takao area, Japan. To see more images from Japan visit EastepPhotogrpahy.com
Photography has reached a strange place when I have to explain that “yes, that was the true color” and NO I did not create this in Photoshop, yikes!
The place I made this picture is Mada’in Saleh the historical site of a Nabatean trading center in north-west Saudi Arabia. These folks were part of a group whose capital was Petra in modern-day Jordan. It is also the place the Ottomans had a railroad depot which T.E. Lawrence destroyed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I made this image as part of a feature story of archeology for Smithsonian magazine. There are two reasons the color is other worldly. The first is the light in Arabia gets this way sometimes, that’s all I know. The second reason is I used a rare film Kodachrome Photomicrography which had insane saturation and detail. The ASA is 16. I did not add any color, the film simply recorded everything that was there.
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