Visiting Jordan

Brandon, one of the propagation scholars (interns) writes about his trip to Jordon accompanied by Lysa, the curatorial scholar.   This was Lysa’s last trip before her scholarship completed and she returned home to the USA.  Lysa was a hard and dedicated worker and we want to acknowledge and thank her for all her efforts.

Last Thursday, Lysa, another Jerusalem Botanical Garden scholar, went on a guided tour of Petra in Jordan. This was my first visit to a Middle Eastern country outside of Israel and I was curious to see Petra, and some of the Jordanian landscape on my way to Petra. Our day was filled with travel but we stopped along the way before arriving to see the beautiful canyons of Petra. What stood out for me, besides the beautiful mausoleums in the canyons, was the geological formations of the layers of stone carved away by rivers over thousands of years. Petra is certainly a beautiful place and both Lysa and I left wishing we had more time to explore this incredible piece of history in Jordan. I am certain I won’t forget that mausoleum or that moon on the drive home.

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Sandstone layers in the canyon walls (Photo:  Elysa Ducharme)

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Colored layers of red, orange and brown stone run in horizontal layers on the canyon walls smoothed away by time. (Photo: Elysa Ducharme)

We managed to identify this beautiful silvery blue plant as Capparis aegyptia, which seems to be well adapted to growing on the canyon walls.

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Capparis aegyptia (Photo:  Elysa Ducharme)

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Mausoleums terraced into the canyon walls (Photo:  Elysa Ducharme)

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Here, the most elaborate and well preserved of all the tombs at Petra. (Photo:   Elysa Ducharme)

Here, a photo of the rising moon that was incredibly beautiful to view in the hazy sky at dusk. For a moment it felt like I was in another world.

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