Panoramic view of the whole Northern Border of the village of Smakieh, Karak, Jordan صورة بانوراما لكل الحد الشمالي لقرية السماكية

I come from a small village in the South of Jordan called Smakieh. My village is inhabited by approximately 3,000 people. The village, like our governorate Karak, has a long history since at least two thousand years.

This post is mainly to show how large (or small?) is my village. Well, the following panoramic view of the village can give an idea about that. This panorama shows the entire northern border of my village. Please click here to see the village in Goolge Maps

(The panorama is resized. To see it in a much bigger size in my Picasa account, then click on it. In the new page that will appear, click on the magnifier to zoom. You can see very clear details)

The photo here is resized. To see it in full, click on it. It is 14.6 MB in size. It is the result of 22 photos that I combined together using the great program Kolor Autopano Giga 2.5. This is a computer program that automatically, with one click and with absolutely no user experience required, combines into one Panorama all photos that were taken in sequence. To give you a better understanding, I post the 22 individual photos that Kolor Autpano Giga 2.5 combined to produce the Panoramic view above.

Finally, I took these 22 photos using OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, VG110,D700. That was in 25.04.2013, around 12 PM.

The individual photos:


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Photos from in and around my village Smakieh, Karak, Jordan صور من وحوالي قرية السماكية، الكرك، الأردن

I took the phots in 21.04.2013 using OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, VG110,D700. I edited them using Google Picasa 3.9.0 (I love this program). Another great program by Google!

I had already uploaded them to my account on Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/4700717?with_photo_id=37700739

صور من وحوالي قرية السماكية، الكرك، الأردن

A "Karaki" rainbow as it appears from a window in my house.

A “Karaki” rainbow as it appears from a window in my house.

A black bird (I don't know its name, do you?) in my house in Smakieh, Karak, Jordan. 20.04.2013.

A black bird (I don’t know its name, do you?) in my house in Smakieh, Karak, Jordan. 20.04.2013.

A pick up above a hill northen the village of Smakieh.

A pick up above a hill northen the village of Smakieh.

A view of the northern part of the village of Smakieh. The Christian cemetry of Smakieh appears in the distance.

A view of the northern part of the village of Smakieh. The Christian cemetry of Smakieh appears in the distance.

A bird that is certainly not indigenous to Smakieh.It seems that it lost its way or was no longer able to travel. Therefore, this explains why it is alone in a desert village like Smakieh. Do you know what could this bird be?

A bird that is certainly not indigenous to Smakieh.It seems that it lost its way or was no longer able to travel. Therefore, this explains why it is alone in a desert village like Smakieh. Do you know what could this bird be?

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Mint

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

Update 22/10/2013 [in less than 15 hours]:

I said that I edited these photos using Picasa 3 program. What is really the effect of this program on these photos? Were they not beautiful and then became beautiful? Do photo-editing programs create a distorted view of reality? Can we trust our eyes? In this post, in what follows, you will be the judge.

I decided to post the original photos because, less than one day of publishing the Picasa-edited photos, I got the following comment by an American wordpress blogger called Emily (http://emilymariee.wordpress.com). Would Emily change her opinion after seeing the original photos?

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Panormaic view from top of my house created using “Kolor autpano Giga 2.5”

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I took the above “12” photos using the 5 MP camera of my Nokia X2-00 cell phone. I merged them into one photo using a special program called “Kolor Autopano Giga”. This program does not require any special knowledge or training. With a few clicks, it automatically generates one panoramic photo.

Here is the resultant photo. Click on it to be able to see more details; you will be taken to the same photo in my Picasa account. To zoom in, one of the buttons in the picasa page is a “zoom in” button in the form of a “magnifying glass image.

Click to go to the same photo in my picasa accout. There, you can zoom in the photo to see more details.

 

I have written about the same program in 16.08.2009. Click here to read the post and see another photo that I created using an earlier version of the program. It is because of how enthusiastic and impressed that I am writing for the second time about this program.

Why did the Hijazeen family chose Smakieh of Karak to live in?

Mohammed Qudah is a third medical student in Mu’tah university. He come from the governorate of Ajloun in the north of Jordan. Comparing Ajloun and Karak, Ajloun contains a lot more of water and trees.

Mohammed asked Moa’bite today, "Why did Hijazeen choose Karak to live in? Karak… Why people chose to live here? There is no trees no water… Why?"
Mo’abite never thought or heard of such a question, so he said, "Hijazeen originally came from Saudi Arabia. My great grandfathers just migrated to Smakieh. They build their houses and started a village!" Mo’abite thought that this was a reasonalbe answer.
Mohammed wasn’t satisfied with the answer. So he calmly and cleverly commented, "What made Hijazeen migrate to Smakieh could have made them migrate to a better geographical location!"
Mo’abite was speechless. The guy in front of him is thinking logically. Moa’bite just kept silent. He added no more.

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p>So, why did Hijazeen chose Smakieh to live in? Why did they choose Karak in the first place? Couldn’t they simply migrate to a place, as Mohammed described it, where there is "water and trees"?

Umm Ziad: A Jordanian Bedouin Karaki Christian Woman from Smakieh, Karak, Jordan

Umm Ziad Tereze Jameel Hijazeen A Christian Jordanian woman from Smakieh, Karak, Jordan

This my Aunt, Umm Ziad Torman Hijazeen. I like her very much. I have never posted a photo of hers in my Blog.

The photo above is one of the 140+ photos my friend Jackson took during his visit to Smakieh. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful photos.

Ironically, Jackson took this photo of my aunt just because he wanted to take a photo of what old people of Smakieh used as a light source. This lamp, which is held by my aunt, is tens of years old.

Luckily, Jackson took a photo of both my aunt and the lamp. I am really happy and proud to post this photo.

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