Built in what is now a vast desert area, this building was once a lodge surrounded by lush growth and flowing water. The increasing demand for water for the nearby city of Amman has lowered the water table significantly. The structure to the right of the main building is a well that is approximately 35 meters deep. It’s completely dry.
Once per year I try to travel to a foreign country and learn about the people and culture. This year I traveled to Jordan, and, of course, I had to visit Petra. This is perhaps the most famous site, the Treasury, so-called because it was used to store wealth. I suspect it was originally a tomb.
This site is often crowded, and we were fortunate to be in the park at the end of the day, where we had this view all to ourselves. It was also interesting to learn that there is another level to this structure – it’s buried underneath the accummulated sand in front.
The Old City of Havana is a wonderful place to find shots like this. Once a booming area, it’s now largely in ruins, though there are some new stores and restaurants within a few renovated old buildings. Some authors call this “mildewed history.”