Photo taken in the city of Hail northern saudi ... the city has 2 mountain chains: one called *Aja* and the other *Salma* ... this majestic looking formation was taken on the Aja range.
Hail, northern Saudi Arabia .. photo of a formation on the Aja mountain range.
Hail, northern Saudi Arabia .. a desert shrub with the Aja mountain range in the background.
The stunning and generous bougainvillae spectabilis (known locally as *juhannamiyya* which translates to *hellish*) ... its fiery red leaves a very welcome reprieve from the predominantly sandy / earthy monotonous hues of the desert.
The fiery red of the bougainvillae spectabilis ... taken in a residential district in the city of Yanbu.
A small but rich oasis in the city of Yanbu.....you really need to live in a desert environment to see to what extent water attracts and nurtures life.
The 'Pheonix Dactylifera' in an oasis in Yanbu; Saudi's indigenous palm tree
Pheonix Dactylifera leaf ... long & tapering and very distinct from other palms with oval shaped leaves.
An oasis in Yanbu, a Red Sea coastal city in western Saudi Arabia.
Landscaped area opposite emirates Tower, Dubai.
Hail, northern Saudi Arabia. Beyond the Aja mountain range is the legendary Nefud desert where this photo was taken.
The Nafud desert, Hail, northern Saudi Arabia.
The Nafud desert ,Hail, northern Saudi Arabia ... I was suprised to see and find out that several bedouin tribes still pursue their ancestors nomadic lifestyle despite government incentives to bring them into the cities.
Jeddah Airport at dawn catching my flight to Yanbu.
The industrial and Red Sea coastal city of Yanbu north of Jeddah.
Sun rising over Yanbu.
The strong & unique patterns of sun-baked desert mud.... photo taken in Diriyyah, Riyadh.
The unique pattern of sun-baked desert mud .... so dry are they that they peel right off the soil underneath.
Photo taken in Diriyyah, Riyadh
Sun-dried palm leaf & bark.
Wire fence on the the Dammam / Riyadh highway.