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.
Click on the following image to see it in a much larger version. But it might take time for the image to load (size: 14.99 MB). You can see very clear details.
اضغط على الصورة لرؤية الصورة بحجم كبير ولرؤية التفاصيل. حجم الصور 14.9 ميجابايت
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:
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 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 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 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?
My photos: After and before editing
The green circle shows Fort Bashir (Qaser Bashir). I took the image after putting the camera inot a binocular that I have. Read how I took this pohto. Click here!
I used google maps to navigate from my village to Fort Bashir. See how far is Smakieh from Fort Bashir!
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.
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"?
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.