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