SkyWatch & CDP Theme Day Combo: Shadows

Since both SkyWatch and City Daily Photo’s first of the month Theme Day of shadows fell on the same day this month, I decided to try to find one photo that would fit both. There are no signs of clouds but the sky is a pretty blue, and there are some interesting looking shadows, so I though this photo might fit the bill.
This photo was taken in the old historical section of Jeddah called Al-Balad, which means the town. Parts of Al-Balad can be traced back some 2500 years, when Jeddah had its early beginnings as a tiny fishing village on the Red Sea. Today the Al-Balad area is a shopping haven full of old souks and modern skyscrapers. The old style traditional architecture of the buildings always included the wooden trim in the form of window coverings, airy porches, and beams. Some of the wood might be painted a blue or green color and some would be left in the natural brown wood color. The slats would allow for privacy, shelter from the sun, and for air flow.
As old as these buildings are, many are in ruins but are still inhabited by poor foreign workers who have tried to modernize by wiring the buildings for electricty – every building has satellite dishes and usually an air conditioner. The shoddy electrical workmanship is hazardous and has destroyed tens of these older buildings in electrical fires. The plaster is decaying, exposing the handmade bricks underneath. The woodwork is broken and falling apart. But people here still call places like this home.
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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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25 Responses to SkyWatch & CDP Theme Day Combo: Shadows

  1. Pingback: Al-Balad Shopping District « JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL

  2. Hi to Everybody – Thanks for commenting.

  3. Dina says:

    It always seems incongruous, the satellite dishes on the old, old.
    Such an interesting picture.

  4. babooshka says:

    Outstanding combo and as always such an education to us. It is something we just can’t conceive when we so many tacky new houses been constructed here in the west.

  5. Judy says:

    This shot works great for both! And the information was quite interesting.

  6. Syaa-Fiqq says:

    Nice informative post, great shot. Have a nice day..

  7. This is a very interesting photo. I love the interesting shadows. It’s mind boggling that this area has been lived in for 2500 years!

  8. Looks a little like the photos I’ve seen of the old towns of Provence. Shame about the fire hazard. Happy May Day!

  9. Carver says:

    I find the old buildings very appealing but it’s a shame they aren’t safe and people live in hazardous conditions. I love the blue sky and shadows. So well shot.

  10. Nice shadows and blue sky.. 🙂

  11. Uma por Dia says:

    Beautiful place and photo indeed!
    The shadows are amazing too.

  12. Jilly says:

    What a beautiful shot. So much of interest to see. Not just those shadows but the beautiful windows. Fascinating.

  13. Gaelyn says:

    Its got to be better than no home. But it’s looking its age. The colors help a bit. Great capture for both.

  14. James says:

    Very interesting. I always seem to learn something when I visit your blog. Thanks.

  15. julie says:

    interesting information and great shadows, lines and color for theme day!

  16. Yogi says:

    Great photograph. Very blue sky but the lines of the shadows going one way and other lines going the other way are interesting.

    I love the commentary also. I learned something today.

  17. sylvia says:

    Terrific photo, and a really nice combination of the two memes! Always love the interesting and informative information you include! Have a great weekend!

  18. Write Girl says:

    Wonderful photo…this is a creative way to combine two themes in one post. Nicely done!!

  19. J Bar says:

    Good combination. I had trouble finding one that fit both themes. Well done.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

  20. Photo Cache says:

    Very cool shot. Clever of you to hit two memes with one shot.

  21. Jacob says:

    That’s very clever, Susie. Excellent capture!

  22. Guy D says:

    Great skywatch post as always susie, thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend
    Regina In Pictures

  23. Beautiful blue sky and nice shadows, too.
    Interesting to see such old buildings, still livable, after a fashion. A shame the electricity is so hazardous.

  24. Bill B. says:

    Congrats on the combo. I tried to do it, too.

  25. Erin says:

    indeed an interesting capture…like the wood trim of the structures..

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