When Kirsten Alana nominated me to take part in the annual Capture the Color contest, I immediately thought of Jordan. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Jordan, but I had instant sensory overload once I stepped onto the streets of Amman.
I fell in love with the stunning colors, the delicious food and the diversity of landscapes in Jordan. It was lovely to revisit those memories as I scrolled through photos for this post: here are my (most colorful) favorites.
Visiting the Blue Mosque in Amman was a novel experience: it was my first time inside a mosque, my first time wearing the traditional Muslim hijab. I was struck by the beautifully intricate designs, the reverent silence, the fact that it was across the street from a church. Points to Jordan for sweeping bright blue skies and remarkable religious tolerance.
The pride of Jordanians is unmistakable: in their flag, in their people, in their history and their future. This photo was taken outside a Beduoin school in the Dana Nature Reserve, and these boys were thrilled to practice their English with us.
The white thobe of the Muslim man is such a regal choice of clothing, particularly in contrast to the blue skies of Amman.
Much of Jordan is sand, but the yellow seems to pop the most next to the stunning blue of the Dead Sea.
Jordan is one of the poorest countries in the world when it comes to water resources, so the thriving green trees sprinkled throughout the Dana Nature Reserve truly feel like miracles.
Here are the contest rules and regulations. I nominate my fellow Jordan bloggers to take part: Young Adventuress (she snapped that first photo of me while I was trying to capture the sunset!), Leah Travels, World Wide Nate, Family Travel Network and ILivetoTravel. Want more color? Here’s my 2012 Capture the Color entry.
Note: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own.