Men and Camels, Wadi Rum , Jordan

Men and Camels, Wadi Rum , Jordan

Famous for its role as the base for Lawrence of Arabia and a group of rebel forces during the battle at Aqaba in July, 1917, Wadi (Arabic for a dry river bed) Rum is a mass of soaring cliffs, sandstone and granite mountains and sand dunes. T.E. Lawrence was a British officer serving as liaison with the rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks from 1916-1918. He and his group of Arab rebels set out on camel-back across the brick-red sand of the desert to attack the Ottoman garrison at Aqaba, a port on a gulf of the Red Sea. Ottoman guns were trained on the sea and not on the desert since it was considered impassible. Lawrence and his forces rode from Wadi Rum (also known as "The Valley of the Moon") almost 25 miles across the Nefud desert to attack Aqaba. The 1962 movie, Lawrence of Arabia, tells this story and was filmed, in part, in Wadi Rum. 

T.E Lawrence titled his autobiography Seven Pillars of Wisdom, for the rock formations in Wadi Rum. It was a dream of mine to visit Wadi Rum ever since I saw Lawrence of Arabia, one of the most beautifully photographed movies ever. 

You are already familiar with Wadi Rum if you've seen any of these films, all of which were filmed there: The Martian, Red Planet, Prometheus and Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen.

This scene of Bedouins and their camels in the shade of the surrounding cliffs transports the viewer to another time.