May 10, 2014

Sunrise at Wadi Doan

Photograph by Paul Nevin, National Geographic Your Shot

"With my police escort I had arrived at my lodgings at dusk, perched on the edge of a massive escarpment in Yemen's Wadi Doan," says Your Shot contributor Paul Nevin. "In the fading light and on the valley floor I could see this fortresslike village. Having imagined how it might present under a rising sun, I was up at first light. Below me, shepherds and their goats made the only sounds. The sun rose, bathing the escarpment in golden light. It seemed like an eternity before it finally gilded the top of the village—magic."

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86 comments
Bryan Stovall
Bryan Stovall

This is the village where Mohammed Bin Laden, Osama's father, grew up, before going to Saudi Arabia to make his fortunes.

wendy smith
wendy smith

love it!i think i can totally understand it!juest amazing!

Ron Bazemore
Ron Bazemore

Just a great shot but makes you want to stare at it for a while and ponder. Wonderful !!

Wasim Gul
Wasim Gul

wow this is the first time im seein a place like ths...great shot

Arturo Garza
Arturo Garza

The rocks alongside the cliffs, are beauriful they actually look like blankets hanging ou to dry! I love the fact that this photo is so crisp and quite visual, you can spot little areas of great interest! Gotta love it!!

Shridhar vyas
Shridhar vyas

गज़ब का नजा़रा है, ऐसा लगता है जैसे किसी राजा का पुराना जंग लगा ताज हो जिस के बीचों-बीच अभी तलक दमकते सोने से बनी नक्काशी जवां हों।

या फिर ऐसा लगता है जैसे किसी खूबसूरत शहर को बुरी तरह से लूट के बेआसरा सा छोड़ दिया हो, सिर्फ सूरज की रोशनी ही उसे उसके पुराने वक्त को हर रोज़ एक बार लौटा लाती हो।

भई पॉल नेविन साहब की नजरें कम्माल की हैं।

Teresa G
Teresa G

Simply stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!

Astrid G.
Astrid G.

It is MAGIC! It makes me dream where humans originate and what they are, what they accomplish sheltering from nature and then go forward, towards all those different forms and goals.

tammy ward
tammy ward

Wow! Magnificent shot...and you are definitely a beautiful writer...national geographic material for sure. Best wishes to you in your future endeavors!!

Fadwa Alazab
Fadwa Alazab

My beautiful country..........Great Shot Paul

S. L. Emerson
S. L. Emerson

Definitely looks as if from another time. These buildings exhibit such a pictorial representation. Even the landscape riddled with weathering and erosion only adds to it's many charms. From the rocks deep illustrated time lines to the aged buildings caressing It's edges without fear. I am absolutely in awe.

Habib Sadek
Habib Sadek

وادي دوعن حضرموت اليمن

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