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Sunset in the Al-Badayer

The Al-Badayer is the desert of choice for desert safaris and dune-bashing. You can’t really share the fun of dune-bashing in a pic, but the rest of it can so here are some shots of the sun setting among the dunes. It’s nothing new of course, the sun sets every day, but the sight of the glowing orb sinking in the vast sands as the breeze turned cool was an experience which stays with me.

Like every pretentious turnip, I recited Ozymandias (as much as I remembered) 😛
It was easy to move a little and get a totally new foreground, which seemed odd since you mostly think of a desert being uniform sand…
And lower it went as we turned from it…
Framed behind some buildings, I suddenly felt the vastness of our neighboring star.

Sometimes it takes a new view to renew one’s sense of wonder. Like I said above, the sun sets everyday but at that moment as it sank behind those buildings, I could feel each nuclear-fusion fueled photon hit a cone-cell in my retina after its breakneck, 8-and-a-half minute journey across the void and its annihilation in breaking a pigment molecule that set the current racing up my optic nerve and ended in my brain appreciating the beauty of the scene. In that moment, I was connected to the sun by a constant stream of photons, and more so, thought.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


7 thoughts on “Sunset in the Al-Badayer

  1. Breathtaking sunset scene!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 13/03/2021, 10:56 PM
  2. Hey! Do you think this is a nice place to camp?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by yazzeus | 01/03/2021, 10:57 PM
  3. The photos are sublime. ♥️

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by ΠιCΘLΣ | 28/02/2021, 7:15 PM

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