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Ruined Temple at Petra

December 18

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.

 

Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Horses, Middle East, Ruins

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