Established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is the first area in the Emirate designated for protection by law and was declared a Ramsar site in 2013. Once a coastal salt flat (sabkha), it has now flourished into natural and man-made lakes that enable many of Abu Dhabi’s species to thrive. In 2018, the reserve was placed on the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas making it the first site in the region to receive this recognition.
The reserve is particularly known for its large population of Greater Flamingos – with as many as 4,000 living there during autumn and spring – but also hosts more than 250 species of birds, 37 plant species and a wide range of aquatic life. There are two self-guided walking trails (1.5 kms or 3 kms) for visitors to explore and a bird-watching hide to observe the flamingos.
Due to the current situation, our Al Watha Wetland Reserve will be closed to visitors until further notice
Photo by: Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
(Daily Passionate Photography Thougths – Every Day is New. Make It blissful. You never know tomorrow exist)
Neither an ECG report nor a Covid19 spread graph!.. It is just a view of the road from the top. It rained here in Abu Dhabi today and being confined to home, it was just another way of finding an object to photograph.
#stayathome activity during #covid19 times
#Photo Speaks – Beauty of Palm Tree Leaves
It has been a very long time that I have been following the Date Palm Trees. For a normal person, it is just another tree. May be even those from and living in the land of these Date Palm Trees, it is. But, for me, it is not.
For me, it is a part of my life. Yes, my life here in the UAE. Looking at it each day, connects me with the realities of life. The seasonal changes. The festivities happening. May other things.
Yes, it is just another day and another Date Palm Tree and its leaves!.
Try and have a closer look at these trees next time you pass by them.
Dancing temple elephant of Kukke Subramanya
The most interesting part of my summer journey. The forest road towards the temple was extremely scenic and quite and it was raining while we drove towards the temple. Reaching there, and doing our routine prayers, we found that it was time for arathi and special pooja. So, with all the devotees we waited patiently and did not give much attention to the little temple elephant stationed inside. As soon as the temple bell rang, I noticed some changes in the elephant and then it became more prominent as the intensity of the ringing increased. As it was dancing, it held on to the bell tied on its neck and was ringing it to the tune of the music played by the musicians
#NoChoice but to #StayAtHome. Many things done passionately every day are put on hold. Among them is photography. Finding objects near and far within the comfort zone to photograph safely has become my new passion now. During a #WorkFromHome break, I looked through the window outside. Streets are quiet except for a few vehicles. I Started looking more deep and close to the farthest objects. I was surprised!. I could see #SheikhZayedMosque which is about 16 kilometers from my home very clearly. Didn’t want to miss taking a photo of it!
#AbuDhabi is of course a clean city. It has become more beautiful now.
#Covid2019 – is bringing out a lot of changes to our personal self and also to the environment we live. Of course, less pollution is one positive thing that is happening now.
Do not miss out on observing these small things happening around us during these difficult times.
Some immediate take away actions that we could easily adopt, when the situation normalises:
- Working from home at least 1 or 2 days per week.
- Increased Car pooling and Less Vehicles on Road Day
Give it a thought and share it with me with photos and ideas.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Sharjah Art Foundation invites photographers to submit their work for Vantage Point Sharjah 8 (VPS8), the Foundation’s annual initiative dedicated to the practice of photography.
The open call welcomes submissions from both local and international photographers. Applicants are free to choose their own theme and artistic approach.
Photographs selected for VPS8 will be presented in an upcoming exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces.
Read more at: Sharjah Art Foundation Page
Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes submissions for Vantage Point Sharjah 8 (VPS8), an annual initiative dedicated to the practice of photography. Both local and international photographers are invited to apply, and applicants are free to choose their own theme and artistic approach. The photographs selected for VPS8 will be presented in an upcoming exhibition at the Foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces.
The application deadline is 16 May 2020 at 11:00 pm.
Please submit the application form and no more than six digital photographs in 300 dpi resolution. Applications with more than six images will not be considered.
Make sure to provide a short description of your work(s) in your application, including the concept or theme behind your work(s), the location and date of each photograph, and the medium used. You should also submit a brief biography with a one- or two-sentence overview of your photography practice; a list of previous solo or group exhibitions, residencies and awards (if any); and information about related educational and/or professional experience.
Materials can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to download the application form.