Captured for the Camera: Saudi Sunsets
I’m a sucker for sunsets. If I’m out and the sun’s going down, chances are I’ve got my camera ready, especially if there are clouds to compliment the daily crashing of our closest star. If I don’t have a camera handy, I admire the sunset while making a mental note to remember the camera next time.
After just finishing an almost 11-month stint on the Arabian peninsula, I dug up the following sunset shots that were taken throughout my stay. Every picture comes from the inland, desert capital city of Riyadh, where I spent more than 99 percent of the 10 and two-thirds month stint.
Five sections of the sprawling city are represented.
The above (top) photo was taken on December 2, of last year. It’s also from the roof of the university. As you can see, it’s not always hot. It can get a little bit chilly during the short winter.
Like the photo above it, I like the mosque effect in the bottom right corner of this one which was also taken from the flat university rooftop on March 18 of this year. Around the solstice is probably the best time to capture a Saudi sunset.
This one was taken last November 8 on King Abdulla Road near the intersection of Kalid Bin Walled Street in Al-Hamra. The construction has long been completed and the road is now a slick and modern underpass allowing the vast number of drivers to quickly get through this part of the automobile-centric city. While in this fast developing metropolis, you often feel like you’re on an endless construction site.
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