SkyWatch: Always a Mosque Nearby

This photo just screams “Saudi Arabia.” Not a cloud in the sky. Mama and baby camel in the desert. A mosque and new construction visible in the background, along with a couple of palm trees. I love this photo!
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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16 Responses to SkyWatch: Always a Mosque Nearby

  1. Yoshi says:

    Your beautiful photo is very exotic to me! I like cute Camels. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Lovely, the depth , brown colors and beautiful clear blue sky!

  3. Dina says:

    I see why you love this photo.

    And are the camels proving that the “grass” is always greener on the other side of the fence? 🙂

  4. Bram says:

    Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work

    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,

    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 22

  5. Liz says:

    Wonderful shot!

    Mine is here.

  6. Becky says:

    These pictures are spectacular. We don’t get to see camels except in zoos.
    I’m wondering what is the rope around the mama’s hump. I see one in your previous photo too.
    Have a wonderful week-end.

    • Great question, Becky. The rope around the mama is actually part of a bra-like contraption that is applied to mama camels to prevent the babies from drinking too much milk. That way there is more milk available for sale to customers.

  7. Hi Susie!! How lovely to see you back on Sky Watch!! Hope all is well with you and your family! Love your photo, particularly that baby camel! Lovely clear skies as always! Hope you have a great weekend!


  8. J Bar says:

    Great desert shot.

  9. M says:

    Hi Susie! Great pic! What are those red buildings in the background? Are they like “barns” for livestock to roam into to escape to sun? Also, I see what looks to be a very BIG nice house on the right. Is it out in the county and who would live there…the people who actually own the camels, or do herders such as Hussan own them?

    Thanks, -M

    • Hi M – I’m not sure what the red brick buildings under construction are, but this is in an area outside the city that is developing. The area is home to many country homes/weekend retreats, mostly owned by people who live in the city. Many of them are larger estates built on big lots surrounded by high walls, as is customary, with swimming pools and barbecues. If you take a look at my other blog, I wrote a post about Hussan and where he lives – you won’t believe it, espeically if you had a thought that he might be living in the large house in the background.

      • M says:

        The development in Saudi is very interesting in that there always seems to be random buildings without very much “city planning”. Yes, I always view both of your blogs so I did see the shelters, however I did not realize that that’s where he lives. I thought that was kind of like a camp where he and the crew would work during the day/week and then have a place to go to on the weekend with his family or something. So to be clear (be patient with me here lol) he LIVES in that shelter you showed…always? It is not just a place to get a nap while working? I am not being arrogant, I’m just curious. So does Hussan own the camels or does he heard them and get paid by someone who owns them and perhaps the land the animals roam on?

      • Hi M – I also thought the same thing – that these hovels provide some respite from the heat and hot sun for these men who tend the camels. That’s why I was really shocked on this last trip when after chatting with Hussan, my husband told me that is where they actually live. There are so many things I would like to ask, but since I don’t speak the language, it’s difficult – and my husband thinks I sometimes ask too personal questions. I just figure if someone doesn’t want to answer, they don’t really have to if they don’t want, but I guess I could be putting them in an uncomfortable situation. I hope I am not thought of as arrogant too – I am just curious like you. I have often wondered too about the ownership of the camels themselves, so next time we are out there, I’ll have my hubby ask. My thought is that someone else owns the land and the camels. I do know that menial workers like Hussan are not allowed to bring their families with them to Saudi Arabia. They all send their earnings home and spend very little of it here in KSA. Also the amount they are paid may seem like very little to Westerners, however according to the standards in the poor countries they come from, they are making good money – it’s all relative.

      • Also, I forgot to say that you are totally right about the random development of new construction here – there doesn’t seem to be much community planning or a broader vision of the whole picture.

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