Postcard from Wadi Rum

June 6, 2013 in Jordan,Middle East,Places

Wadi Rum translates to Valley of the Moon: the largest desert in Jordan is also where the stars shine brightest. As T.E. Lawrence said: “Our little caravan fell quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of the stupendous hills.”

Camels in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

We first explored Wadi Rum in the back of a 4×4, and then, on the back of a camel. The native Beduoins navigated effortlessly through the seemingly endless dunes of sand and nearly-identical rock formations as we sat stunned by the beauty, trading between iPhones and DSLRs and our our two eyes.

We camped (practically glamped!) at Captain’s Desert Camp, where we were treated to traditional Beduoin songs, dance and pita bread cooked on the fire and lamp cooked in the ground. Falling asleep under the stars–more stars than I’ve seen anywhere except along the beach in rural South Australia–was one of those experiences that, even as it’s happening, you know you’ll never be able to recreate.

Natural arch in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

Baby Camel in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Camel shadow in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

Sunset in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan  Sunset in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan    Sunset in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan Sunset in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

What’s your favorite photo of Wadi Rum?

Note: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own.

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  • A Montrealer Abroad

    Love the atmospheric skies. Especially the last one!

  • Casey

    Gorgeous photos!

  • Gorgeous shots! LOVE camels

  • Stunning photos babe!

  • Aryn Hill

    Too bad you don’t have a photo of night. I bet the stars are amazing there!

  • camorose

    Thanks! It was gorgeous!

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    They were the best!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady!

  • camorose

    A couple of the professional photographers on the trip did a long exposure of the stars–it was AMAZING!

  • eva

    these photos are gorgeous – the camels, the shadow – must head to jordan soon!

  • My parents went and camped in the desert and fell asleep under the stars in Egypt last year and ever since they told me about it, it’s been something I’ve always wanted to do. Love these photos.

  • camorose

    Thank you! It was a fantastic time 🙂

  • camorose

    I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was honestly so cool!

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