I love everything about this image, the texture of the ruined stones, the ponies patiently waiting in the shade of a tree, the glimpse of a dry landscape. Petra is an ancient Jordanian city, built in 312BC. ‘The Treasury’, with its ornate facade carved into a sandstone cliff is its most iconic building. The city is approached through a deep, narrow gorge called a Siq. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985; one of the biggest threats to it is ‘unsustainable tourism’. My heart aches for this place.
I reduced contrast and warmed up tones, brightened the tree and sharpened the stones (wait, that rhymes!)
Before and after. Click for big.