Whereas many perceive the Black Desert as a place of death, I see it rich with life!

With a sturdy 4by4, some extra gasoline, spare tires, water, and the company of experienced friends, I went in an off-road adventure to find out how the Black Desert provided the early settlers with the necessary means of survival. But what I saw surpassed all my initial expectations!



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A lot is already said about Jordan’s Jewel; Wadi Rum “the like of which was never created in the land”.  All I can say “if you are looking for a place far from the hubbub of the city, Rum is the place to be”.

What better than a breathtaking landscape with its amazing soothing colors, incredible night sky, and the great company of the Bedouins.

To me, a day in the desert is worth a lifetime in the city.

Enjoy the photos 🙂



















Nabatean Well


Canal to collect water











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Writing & Photography

Samar M. Salma


PS: This blog reflects my personal opinion and my personal take on many issues. Its not a scientific paper, the information used is based on internet searches and some scholarly articles. Its purpose is to entertain and everything mentioned is open for debate and correction. Content & Photos are copyrighted.

With only two more in the world; Farafra in Egypt,  Lençóis Maranhenses in Brazil, Jordan is home to the third unique white desert in the world.

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Di Taylor and Tony Howard are two adventurers who visited Jordan for the first time in 1984.  They wanted to discover the climbing and trekking potential of this country.  By the time they were done, they have mapped out trekking routes that pass through some of Jordan’s most beautiful locations.

I have consulted their book “Walks, Treks, Climbs & Caves in Al Ayoun Jordan” to hike the densely forested part of Jordan.

The photos I have taken during my hike in Zubia forest, Ajloun in the north reveal the extent of the beauty Jordan is endowed with.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them  🙂




If you look close enough, you will see his legs are caught in a spiders web 😦






Local bread called Gras Eid


Honey Shop in Jarash on the way to Amman


PS I started this hike from Tibna Village down to Wadi Atat and up again. Coordinates

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Writing & Photography

Samar M. Salma



A hike in Jordan in never a sensual experience confined to admiring the beauty of nature. More likely its a hands on learning experience whereby amazing nature & ancient history join to offer a unique experience that stimulates ones senses and mind with every step taken.

My latest hike in Wadi Dana was a case in point. I saw many things; plants, animals, insects, copper, stars and much more. Some things I was able to define, others were new to me, some I still can’t define.

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Temperature is rising, spring is dying, dust is in the air, I find myself humming

Hot Town …. Summer in the City

…. the back of my neck getting dirty n gritty ….

I know it’s time to start exploring new cooling spots for this summer 🙂


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John Muir once said “of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”.

I listened.

Whereas most of his dirt paths were in the green vegetation of California, mine are in the Middle Eastern deserts. Nonetheless, the outcomes are one; endless joy and many discoveries; the best components of an adventure 🙂

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“The view which the Mujib represents is very striking … the valley looks like a deep chasm formed by some convulsion of the earth into which there seems no possibility of descending to the bottom.” (J.L. Burckhardt, 1812) quoted in “Trekking and Canyoning in the Jordanian Dead Sea Rift” by Itai Haviv

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Jordan is truly an open air museum; everywhere you turn, there is beauty whether in its diverse landscapes or multitude of archeological ruins.

Like any museum, the only way to really appreciate the art is to wander from one masterpiece to the other, pause before the ones that strike a cord and enjoy the emotions and thoughts they trigger.

During my exploration of Jordan, I come across many of its most popular sites. Luckily, I also manage to see some of its unknown masterpieces just to find them as sublime but in need of care!

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Whereas Jordan’s South was covered with snow last Friday, its North was sunny, warm, and colorful 🙂

20/2/ 2014



Shubak Directorate in the South, credits Abdula Khashman


Ajlun in the North

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Some say, it’s the location of the biblical meteor that hit Earth 10.000 years ago, others argue that it’s a volcanic crater, and then there are those who reject both theories and say that Waqf As Suwwan is a fold came into being due to Earth compressions.

Whatever theory you choose to adapt, they are all extremely interesting and worth further investigation. I, however, left all controversy surrounding Waqf As Suwwan in Amman and hiked the Eastern desert purely out of love. I soon came to discover that not only does it have some of the most astonishing stone formations, but they also ring musical tones 🙂

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Let Nature Heal You



Hump by  Ercan Baysal

Are you in pain physically or emotionally?

Do you think you are swallowing too many pills, partying, drinking, smoking, or eating to an excess?

Is your smile fading away and your laughter less genuine than it used to be?

Do you feel suffocated, stuck, or trapped?

Well, if you have any of these symptoms or ailments, worry no more because I think I know the secret potion for eternal well-being and happiness 🙂

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