Much forethought and planning had gone into this two-day trip by David and Becc so it was doubly disappointing that Becc was stricken by a bug and couldn’t join us, and the weather had turned decidedly autumnal. However Don agreed to join us for a boy’s trip to the Red Sea. Low pressure, low clouds and poor visibility meant our first attempt to fly south was thwarted, and after 45 minutes we returned to Marka. We were told the weather would get worse, but indomitable as ever we pressed the case for getting to Al-Jafr (many miles south-east and it is always clear there). So after a delay we set off for a very successful (if long) day. David has already written up two of the highlights (see post for Flight 20141019) - the Via Nova Traina; and the ancient Aina fort overlooking the Wadi el-Hasa, with stunning views and a truly commanding position. We both wondered why we had never photographed this very well preserved and important site before?
|The Gharandal Roman Fort. © APAAME_20141019_DLK-0418.|
|Ayla - ancient Aqaba. © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0033.|
Threatening clouds to the west, including some rain, greeted us at take-off (despite the cold) – even this far south – but our first targets were of ancient Aqaba, the original city being called Ayla, and now a heritage park, well watered and surprisingly green.
|Transfixing landscapes east of Aqaba. © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0094.|
|Landscape west of Mudawwarra. © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0119.|
|The ghost line of the Hedjaz Railway. © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0170.|
|Ottoman army encampment and fort(?) above Mahattat Hitiya © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0236.|
|Detail of fort and looting. © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0249.|
|Huey lunch with Don Boyer and David Kennedy. © APAAME_20141020_RHB-0325.|
- Robert Bewley