Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cross Country

This will be a quickie, since I'm falling behind with stuff I want to post....
We took a "driving ramble" trip with the Qatar Natural History Group last weekend.  Going directly across the country, from one side of the peninsula to the other, only takes about an hour on the highway.  Then we took off into the desert, in a big caravan - vrooom....

It was fun to get some experience driving on the sand: hard tack, soft sand, troughs and ruts and all. I was a passenger (and photographer) for the first half, then drove the second stretch.
Camels photgraphed while driving - do not try this at home.
They're relatively free-range, with herders gathering them together by night.
One woman spotted a camel skeleton, and we collected the various bleached bones.  That's the fun thing about the QNHG - everyone has their own specialty.  For some it's bones, for others it's fossils, or shells, or birds....
I thought this pelvic bone looked like a Star Wars helmet.  Or maybe the rabbit from Donnie Darko...?
The drive ended with a relaxing lunch at the beach. If you were able to see the land across the way (which we could, just barely,) you'd be looking at Saudi Arabia.
Bye till next time, camels...



3 comments:

Laura said...

I love these endless stretches of landscape - where the sky actually sets the limit.
Beautiful photographs.

Tracy said...

Thanks, Laura. I also like how abstract it is, with no point of reference except the car we're in.

Karen said...

I'm envious! What a fun thing to do.

Karen