Once in a while events happen that change one’s focus and that is where I am right now. Several starts to posts never got off the ground and suddenly it is a year or more since my last one.
An opportunity to visit the Middle East this spring changed my train of thought and the focus I would have published here today. I had a 3-week visit to the United Arab Emirates, more specifically to Ras Al Kaimah, the northernmost of the Emirates. It appeared to be the safest of all countries in the Middle East, a fact that led to my deciding to go there. My youngest son is a teacher there in a Boy’s Highschool. It is another world, so different from ours here. Needless to say, my camera went with me. His apartment complex is between a large golf course lagoon and the Arabian Gulf.
Desert, sand, 5 million-year-old mountains, camels and a specialized hospital for falcons, a far move from my usual interest in water and water photography. Yes, but there were opportunities for that as well, especially when visiting the Dubai Aquarium. That structure covers 2 or 3 floors in a shopping mall, and houses a shark-breeding program along with the usual large and small tank denizens.
Other than counting the many camels wandering over the hills and beside roads, the Aquarium was the source of many photographs. There was a huge tank visible to shoppers in the mall. There was so much more behind this. We walked right under the main tank with sharks and rays swimming overhead. We looked in many smaller tanks. Between the colourful fish swimming around and various plants and corals, lights bounced off the sides, augmented by the movements of the water, I got a few good photos of the abstract watery images that I like to use.
Aquariums are a wonderful source of colour as can be outdoor swimming pools. Next time I go, I will bring my underwater camera. Colourful tiles and an underwater grate in a swimming pool gave me much to work with. It is amazing what can resemble a fish. Remember, I do not retouch any of my photographs or otherwise change them.
I will continue this narrative in my next posting, with new photographs.