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International Medical Center

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I understand the topography better now. I was on the side of the jet ideal for aerial shots. The building to the right of the park (near center) is my hospital. We’re about 5000 feet up so it’s not sharp. And, there’s jet wash from the engine. But, at least I can pick up landmarks now. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas…”


Coast of Jeddah

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We just completed a boat dive last week. Leaving the harbor we went due west into the Red Sea for about seven miles. I watched the GPS, otherwise I’m not so smart. But on the water all you see is a blue horizon, while from the air I can now appreciate all the coral reefs. It makes sense  that there are a number of ship wrecks to explore. Without a good chart you will be in big trouble around these parts.


4th of July

DSC_2375It’s a great view from my apartment when they fire the Macy’s show from the Hudson. Most year’s it’s been on the East River. What I never knew was the technique. After reading a few pointers, I found out that a long exposure is the way to go. So I use f12 and 3-5 seconds. I’m on a tripod and changing the exposure constantly. In this case there are no rules. Meanwhile, Happy 4th._DSC2768


Red Sea

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I waited for the first glimpse. Even at 600 mph it’s a long wait from the Nile to the Red Sea crossing. Here it is just as we leave Egypt. All I could think was that Charlton Heston (Moses) parted a whole lot of water in that movie.


Egypt and the Nile

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I passed out like never before on the flight back to Jeddah. I was barely awake after takeoff, just long enough to eat the meal. The shades were down so I didn’t peek until we were over Egypt. The first view was the Mediterranean Sea. Nope. It was just the desert. With the layers of blue I thought it was the sea. Wrong again, it was just a vast expanse of desert. The Nile from 39,000 feet is narrower than I expected. But you can see the irrigation and neat rectangular agricultural fields. I see the relationship between the river and the economy.IMG_2654 copy

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Jeddah Airport

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The airport is all outdoors. It never rains until it rains. So you are taken to and from the plane by bus. The terminal could certainly use some modernization. It’s a bit cramped. I see these tents. I imagine that they are for shade. The only thing is that there is no terminal or parking lot there. Maybe it’s the international terminal for non Saudi airlines. So far I have only flown in and out on a Saudi jet. Another mystery…from a distance it could be so interesting if it had been done right.