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After start Rolling into 2009, here it goes my second image from the desert scenery of Wadi Rum. This is not far from the Visitor's Center of the protected area of the Park. I was driving outside of the Park to explore the surroundings away from the tourists. The shot was taken about an hour before the other picture. Two hours before sunset the wind storm wasn't yet visible, at least in this part of the way. It seems that besides windstorms, camels can also be a danger for drivers ;-)

UPDATE
As corrected by Rob (alvaraalto), the animal is actually a dromedary (Camelus dromedarius - one hump) and not a camel (Camelus bactrianus - two humps).
I struggle with that name everytime I travel. I never saw any camel in India, Jordan, Egypy, Turkey... they're dromedarius everywhere but everyone call them camels. By now, I don't even believe camels exist...

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WADI RUM (From Rough Guide to Jordan book):

One of the most spectacular natural environments in the Middle East, the desert scenery of WADI RUM (pronounced to rhyme with "dumb", not "doom") is a major highlight of a visit to Jordan. The wadi itself is one of a sequence of parallel faults forming valleys in the sandy desert south of the Shara mountains. They are oriented almost perfectly north– south, shaped and characterized by giant granite, basalt and sandstone mountains rising up to 800m sheer from the desert floor. The rocky landscape has been weathered over the millennia into bulbous domes and weird ridges and textures that look like nothing so much as molten candle-wax, but it's the sheer bulk of these mountains that awes – some with vertical, smooth flanks, others scarred and distorted, seemingly dripping and melting under the burning sun. The intervening level corridors of soft red sand only add to the image of the mountains as monumental islands in a dry sea. Split through by networks of canyons and ravines, spanned by naturally formed rock bridges and watered by hidden springs, the mountains offer opportunities galore for scrambling and rock-climbing, where you could walk for hours or days without seeing another soul.
The sunsets are extraordinary; evening coolness after the heat of the day is blissful; the clarity of the desert air helps produce a starry sky of stunning beauty; and the tranquillity of the pitch-dark desert night is simply magical. It's an unforgettable experience.

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