Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Mountains West of Taif

I spent last week visiting Taif, a city in Western Saudi Arabia, which is probably best known for the colony of baboons that lives nearby.

I didn't get to seen any of the baboons (I think they're baboons; they're a kind of monkey that looks a lot like baboons, anyway.) but I did get some time to photograph some of the spectacular landscapes and old buildings, which are completely different from those that characterize other parts of the country.

For instance, whereas in Riyadh, old buildings were often made of mud bricks and palm timber, the old buildings of Taif were made of stone, because it actually rains there, and the mud and timber homes would wash away. The land is much greener and more mountainous too. From this vantage point, you can see the Red Sea on a clear day.

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