A trip out to Baida

Baida (or Bayda) is an area 10 minutes north of Petra and the town of Wadi Musa. It is a great area to explore and there is the opportunity to get off the beaten track, find some peace and quiet and enjoy the tranquility (not so easy in Jordan) whilst taking in spectacular views and rock formations.

A quick trip out to this area last week saw us explore yet another new area and there was no one around. Just the wind whispering in our ears for company and the sun beating down on the rocks to warm us.

Alia and Atef shared a pomelo whilst I indulged my love of nature and photography and took photos of Rocks! Rocks in all shapes, sizes and colours – the wonders and marvels of nature. The rocks were being kissed by the late afternoon sun giving them a gorgeous blush and glow – perfect for an enthusiast photographer.

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Atef and Alia. She was so happy when she finally got a piece of pomelo.

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The view from the outcrop where we stopped to explore.


The contrast of the different layers from bronzey golds to regal purple. Someone with some knowledge of geology could probably tell me what type of rocks the different layers are. I loved the overlapping effect of the different layers.


A close up of the mosaic pieces  in between the layers. I couldn’t help but wonder when seeing these beautiful mosaics created by nature if this must have been a source of inspiration for civilizations past.


Another of natures mosaics with even a larger variety of colours interwoven.

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The vibrant green of the Desert Squil against a backdrop of all the different layers of rocks in a rainbow of colours exposed in this rock face.

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Wind, water and the eons of time create interesting sculptures in the sandstone rock face. The array of colours, different shapes, layers and lines in the rocks were amazing.

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I particularly loved this rock which I have called the Coral rock. It looked to me like it should have been found at the bottom of the Red Sea rather than the mountains of Baida.

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Alia and the Coral rock.

16 responses to “A trip out to Baida

  1. Reblogged this on olbigjim and commented:
    The geological signatures are so very clearly etched on the Jordanian landscape. Walking in nature engages all the senses, but none more than the visual. Go, enjoy Middle Eastern Moments. You’ll be glad you did!

    • There are rocks with even more stunning colours at Petra which I’m sure that you saw! It’s hard to describe to people who haven’t visited the area the amazing colours that are present in the rocks.

  2. Amazing nature. Beautiful rocks. Very similar to the rocks of northern Saudi. Thank you- now I know when I leave Saudi I can always visit Jordan for a ‘fix’ of desert-type scenery:) very special to me.

    • I’m sure it will be hard to leave the beautiful desert scenery that you enjoy so much. Hopefully Jordan can be a good pseudo replacement to immerse yourself in the desert when you need that fix. 🙂

  3. Beautiful, beautiful… not sure what’s more beautiful, the scenery or those pictures of Atef and Alia. So lovely… that face when she got a piece of pomelo! Ah! I do hope that me and Aaron get to Jordan one day soon. Your adopted home is stunning Andrea, both culturally and from the perspective of the physical landscape. Amazing. We NEED to start your cooking tours! xxx

    • Agreed these cooking tours need to happen! And I do hope so very much that you and Aaron can come and visit – you would just love it here. Alia was the picture of patience waiting for Atef to peel and segment that pomelo and indeed when she finally got a piece it was like she all her Christmases had come at once. xx

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