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Jan022011

Northern Sights

We often overlook the things nearest to us.  I've seen quite a bit of the world, but this was my first trip to the North of Kuwait!  It's embarrassing how little we explore our tiny country.  On the journey to Subbiya I saw signs that this would be a mini adventure full of firsts.  The sky was blue, the impressive new roads were clear, and the scenery changed from the familiar flat land to small hills.

I was struck by two main features of this part of Kuwait.  The first is how the acres of land and water, with limited car and boat access, look completely untouched by man.  The area provides a significant this-is-how-I've-always-looked feel.  The second is how much it seems to change over a course of a day: It is a place of contrast.  More land is visible during low tide making the small creeks look like dwarfed canyons.  When the water changes shape with the wind, the light and colour of the whole environment shift into a different set of tones.  Add some intermittent cloud and you'll have an eternally changing work of art.

Speaking objectively, with a strange sense of surprise and pride, I have to say this area is breathtakingly beautiful.  It was indeed a trip of many firsts for me.  Yes I had seen sea birds in Kuwait before, and sometimes even a dolphin or two, but this time I was very close.  If we had to shoot some wildlife photos, this would be the perfect place to be left for a day (in a small hiding tent) and picked up in the evening.  There was one particular small island that I fell in love with.  The top layer was just shells - collected with the water currents over many many years.

I want to thank everyone who made this trip a reality.  It took a lot of planning, but more than that it took a lot of generousity of people who gave up chunks of their time and were very hospitable.  I had a great time and I can't wait to return.  My friend Ali Al Rashed, who was with me on this trip, also took some photos.  I'll let the images do the rest of the talking for me.

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Reader Comments (8)

Mashallah, what a beautiful sight. I had no idea we had so much 'untouched' land left in Kuwait. It looks so beautiful and CLEAN. Is it as quiet as it looks? It seems like it is the most tranquil place in Kuwait?
I definitely need directions of how to get there.

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBabble

Beautiful, breathtaking views, captured so incredibly well. Very nice indeed :)

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUm Yousef

Beautiful ! How do we get there ? Can expats visit ?

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I've always wanted to go north and see Boubyan and other parts of northern sector but to my disappointment I never even made it to Jahra! :/

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMacaholiQ8

Amazing! Beautiful Shots! I honestly can't believe that this is Kuwait! Some areas don't seem like they are in Kuwait! I would love to visit that area but I like the navigation knowledge to get there but I'm willing to get lost and try!

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

wow! so good! and is it a dolphin??! theyre all backwaters? would be good if we could make this, possible spots to visit, to just enjoy the lovely scenes, which are rare here. they look real inviting, the reeds and the slushing water.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Beautiful shots! I've been to Mutla and Boubyan a couple of times, its a nice escape from the city :)

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

BuYousef: your photography is brilliant... I can never say enough!

I hope people who visit these sites respect them and keep them clean. Already, you see some sites up north in the Mu6la3 area with a lot of garbage lying around... not cool! Keep Kuwait Clean People! :)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelwehbi

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