South Hofuf 1986-1988
Features in a featureless desert.
- A yellow scorpion, to the southeast of the city, in a place where we used to collect arrowheads, if that helps you find it. If staying out in the desert, it is important to check under rocks before sitting on them, and you are often warned to be unnecessarily paranoid about checking for scorpions in your bedding, or shoes.
- An eagle shaped rock outcrop, near to the camel race.
- From the side.
- A nearby rock platform, overlooking the Bedouin encampment.
- Blistered caliche on the rock platform.
- Rock outcrop near some rare greenery.
- A misplaced, solitary monolith, covered in caliche, and a dusting of sand.
- Ribs and rock mounds.
- Large-scale irrigation, about the only way that enough crops can be produced in this environment. Water is a scarce resource. Although there is tap water in cities, it is not for drinking - all drinking water must be bought from water bottle refilling shops.
- The red sands of Al Haradh, with their beautiful dunes.
- A tree at Al Haradh, struggling to survive against the advancing sand dunes.
- A shrub whose roots have been exposed as the sand was blown to its next destination.