Archive for the ‘desert’ Category

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Life Springing Up in the Desert

January 23, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

dunes and grass

It has been a wet winter. The proof is in the grass sprouting up from the sands.

dunes and grass

close up of grass tufts

It’s a regular camel banquet.

sand and grass

There are even flowers.

small white flowers

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Moon Over Fujairah

February 11, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

On the way to work Thursday morning I had to pull over and take a picture. Unfortunately, it does not do justice to the beauty of the site of the Moon just over the hills.

the Moon just above the hills of Fujairah about to disappear

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Clouds + Sun = Beautiful

January 21, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

The clouds and Sun cooperated to create some spectacular views yesterday on our drive into Dubai.

sun shining through clouds over a hill

sun shining through clouds on the new Fujairah highway

sun shining through clouds

sun shining through clouds

sun shining through clouds

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Find the camel

December 19, 2008

We drove from Dubai to Hatta today. Here are two pictures with one camel each. Can you find the camel?

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The Road to Al Ain – without Dorothy Lamore

October 17, 2008

On Monday, my coworkers and I drove to Al Ain for a meeting with all the library supervisors in the college system. We drove out of town past the camel race track, so we saw camels being exercised. (Sorry, no pictures). The road to Al Ain is long and mostly straight. It is notorious for accidents because some drivers really put the pedal to the metal.
Lots of bushes and trees grow along the sides of the road giving the illusion of green, but in some of the other photos you will see what lay a short distance beyond this green fringe — red dunes.


My camera doesn’t do such a good job of getting the true color. These pictures are pale in comparison to the real thing.


This is the wall around what is generally referred to as “the unfinished palace.” It was quite ornate and impressive. Construction has been stalled due to financial concerns. Some say it was questioned exactly where the funds were coming from…

The following pictures are of the dirt devil that crossed the road in front of us. I didn’t expect any of these pictures to come out due to the fact that we were in constant motion, but I kept snapping just in case.





I enjoyed the trip. It was nice to get out of the city and see something new. Having come from Oregon High Desert, I think the desert has a beauty all its own. Everyone in the car is fairly new to the UAE, so we would point and say “camel” everytime we saw one. There were some in pasture areas and also some roaming about loose nibbling on bushes.