Friday, November 27, 2015

#Chandelier #reflections #lights #bulbs #p8max #mobilephotography #mobile #photo #illumination


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Age old middle eastern tradition of baking spicy rice & meat in a #clay pot where it is slow-cooked for several hours to intensify the flavours. @visitjordan #lovejo #culture #tradition #food #cuisine #amman @seeamman #amman #jo


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Magical #moonlight over @ammannights #amman #lovejo #jo #moonscape #moonshine #skyscape #nightscape #nightsky #thanksgiving #p8max


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On censorship

The only thing worse than #censorship  is #selfcensorship. #imho #truth #wisdom #freethoughts  https://t.co/uq9TAWoV21

Did u say #lunchtime?! #karmoosha #instacat #instacute #catsofinstagram #catsofworld #catsoftheday #catlove #catlovers #catloversworld #catloverscatoftheday #feralcat #feral #feline #p8max #mobilephotography #love #cute #furry #furball


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Fed up with “Humanity”



Overwhelmed with sorrow 
Like there’s no hope for tomorrow
People acting worse than heartless machines
Executing convoluted warped-up schemes
A suicide here, a bombing there
Oppression & injustice everywhere
Conspiracies abound, theories prevail
The truth forever silenced, mysteries remain
Our imaginations roam free
That is our one release
For thoughts are monitored
And speech suppressed
What’s left, remains
Just fancy dress
There is no depth 
No tangible emotion
Fake living that stifles
Despite all the provocation
What will it take to speak out?
How many more must die before we act?
When will we refuse to be judged?
What will it take to have no regrets?
Cowardice and seeking a status quo
Will not liberate us or help us grow
“A life well lived, a legacy for generations”
We pay lip-service, which defeats our nations
Enough of this trauma and fear
Enough of this killing and greed
Life is but short, made shorter still
By the madness of others, who choose to kill
To have any hope for a better tomorrow
We must put an end to this heartbreaking sorrow
Speak out and act now, tomorrow is too late
The alternative is a future, filled with hate
Life is much simpler than turf wars and collusion
So rise above all this smoke-screening confusion
We are not defined by religion & nationalities
Let’s aspire to being human beings first and stop these fatalities
Not in my name or yours I beseech you
But above all else, never in humanity’s name 
Our one common bond, our sole uniting factor,
Should be what holds us together
And leaves us only stronger

Fed up with “Humanity”

The Middle East has and clearly always will be in a state of incessant turmoil. Oppressed Palestinians, "ISIS" infiltration & savagery, Syrian Refugees, Suicide Bombings, Unexplained events & Conspiracy Theories abound; the pot is boiling over and we remain as ever, perplexed and inconsolably impotent. To say these are sad times is to understate what we are living through. I have never seen such a constant state of flux that only gets worse. What hope I ever had for humanity is swiftly dissipating.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/rula-zein-iddin/fed-up-with-humanity/10154316422573294?pnref=lhc .


Bless this land and keep it safe. Long may we serve as a role model of diversity & tolerance for our neighbours. #peace #lovejo @visitjordan #trees #travel #tranquility #instatravel


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Scorching heat ~> #Sunset #selfies @ the #deadsea #silhouette #hope @visitjordan #jo #tourism #jordan #jordanvalley #lovejo #instatravel


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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Always great to see the rain has reached the desert! Sights like these make it so worth getting up at #dawn for! Can u tell how bumpy the road is;) #desertlife #deserts #peaceful #tranquility #ontheroad #ontheroadagain @visitjordan #lovejo #cloudchaser #clouds #jo


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Sights like these make it so worth getting up at #dawn for! Can u tell how bumpy the road is;) #desertlife #desert #deserts #peaceful #tranquility #ontheroad #ontheroadagain @visitjordan #lovejo #cloudchaser #clouds #jo


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Another gorgeous #sunrise - buenos dios #amman. Have a great day people! @seeamman #jordan #lovejo #jordan @visitjordan #visitjordan #sunrays #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #sunshine #sunrise_and_sunsets


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How cool is this #blissteria festival @blissfm #bliss #radio. Cone on @maz_jobrani! #show #comedy #entertainment #amman #jordan #jo #lovejo


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Friday, October 30, 2015

#Autumn blooms :) #floral #flower #flowers #floral_perfection #love_hdr_colour #colorful #colors #garden #urbangardening #gardens #mobilephotography #mobile #huawei #p8max


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#urban #streetphotography #urbanart #palmtrees #cloudchaser #cloudporn #cloudy #skyscape #skyporn #skyporn #skypainters #skyline #amman @seeamman #seeamman #layaliamman @visitjordan #travel #instatravel #lovejo #jordan #jo


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Failed #cat attack underway :) #dog #feral #dogsofinstagram #canine #instadog #dogs #surprise #action #huawei #mobilephotography #p8max


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mandala Blues

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Invincibles

Truly invincible! Love these guys :) #haka #warcry #maori #culture #newzealand #allblacks #rugby #rbw2015 #tradition #nzl

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Super Blood Moon over Amman

I reluctantly went to bed at 2am thinking I was getting too old to pull off an all-nighter (especially after a 5 day Eid "holiday"). Boosted by the epiphany that it would probably couple more decades till such another momentous event took place I leapt out of bed and ran for my camera.

Lens fixed firmly. One sweatshirt over my PJ's, promptly followed by a fleece top a half hour later I braved the cold Jordanian desert, well Ok, my balcony.

At 3am the moon was spectacular! Brilliantly shining like a huge multi-faceted diamond it lit up the sky much to the glee of my now hyperactive feline companion.

Karmoosha was performing ever more complicated gymnastic feats in an effort to intervene between my bazzooka and this glorious super moon. Paw taps, hugs, ankle nips, full body stretches and all to no avail. I calmed her down with a glance and the classic "I see you" head nod but kept my eyes fixed firmly on the sky.


This was a practice shot was at 2:40am ~ imperative to ensure that the settings would not let me down when the big moment came. And the incredible realisation that I was stopping down to F10 and at ISO 100 due to the unbelievable brilliance of the sun reflecting of the moons surface.


And then it began: a steady shadow at the top of the moon which grew eerily stronger. It was fascinating to watch and felt like an honour to try to capture. The photos do not do it justice, how could they, but at least I made an effort to record it for posterity ;)















When a red glow started to shine through (apparently the result of the reflections of the different sunsets all over the world) I almost jumped up and down for joy. It took a lot of quick adjustments to capture the next shots, and they are nowhere near as sharp as I would like them to be but the memory of those few seconds will live with me forever!







This final shot was taken as the moon shyly dove behind the building next door. Next time I shall brave the rooftop ....better yet....next time I will be in the real outdoors because a sight this glorious should only ever be witnessed in its element.