Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jeddah: High Arch Door

I love the dusty blue metal door here.  The decorative high arch above the door seems heavy and too elongated for it.  I still like it though.

Friday, October 24, 2014

SkyWatch: Mountains of Najran

Taken on a recent trip down to Najran, in southern Saudi Arabia just north of the Yemen border, I was taken by the repetition in the shapes of the clouds and the mountain rocks.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jeddah: Red Rawasheen

The beautiful wooden rawasheen window coverings painted in red are the main attraction of this residential building in Jeddah's Al Balad.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jeddah: Mosque in Al Balad

I love the palm tress and the mosque minaret in this scene from Al Balad, the oldest district in Jeddah.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our World Jeddah: Cat and Door

I love the character of the old buildings in Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah, which is more than 1400 years old.  Many of the door frames are crooked - this one actually is not too bad, but still visibly not aligned straight.  Since many of these buildings were built prior to electricity, most have been unsafely wired for electricity.  It is common to hear of buildings in Al Balad destroyed by electrical fires.  Feral cats are plentiful all over Jeddah.  They depend on the kindest of people for food and they are often seen hanging around garbage dumpsters.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Jeddah: Typical Scene

The man wears the typical long white Saudi dress called thobe, and on his head the red and white scarf men wear called shemagh. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Old Jeddah Door

More special than the wooden door is the detail on the building above the door.  In its heyday, it must have been quite beautiful.  It's too bad that the unsightly tubing and electrical wires detract from its impact.