The picture page
I have pictures taken over three decades in many
countries, and the purpose of this page is to share
some of my enjoyment with anyone who appreciates
them. Please click on the thumbnails to see the
All images on this page are Copyright ©
1995-2007 Richard Burnham. They are for personal
use only, and may not be edited, modified, sold
or redistributed in any way.
This page is dedicated to the memory of
Valerie Lambert (the nearest figure in the
photograph) who died of cancer in 1989,
The scene is a cross-over walk in 1986
through Wadi Dayqa, a narrow passage about
17 km long through one of the mountain
ranges of northern Oman. The nick in the
skyline is known to sailors on the Gulf of
Oman as the Devil's Gap.
Before setting off through a wadi a
check on the weather is essential, as Wadi
Dayqa can increase its flow one hundred
thousandfold in a few hours after rain. A
group of walkers were trapped in another
Omani wadi in 1996, and eight of
them lost their lives.
I was lucky enough to visit Yemen in August
1990, between the union of the North and
South and the subsequent civil war. Saddam
(who was supported by most Yemenis as the
champion of poorer Arabs against the rich
who allied themselves with the West)
invaded Kuwait during my stay, but this did
not spoil my visit. I found Yemenis
friendly and courteous.
With a companion, I toured the the North
and travelled to Aden and as far as Tarim
in the Hadhramawt. The most economical
transport is by shared taxi.
This is one of the most famous sights in
Yemen, the Dar al-Hajar or Rock Palace in
Wadi Dhahr, perched on a rock and built as
a home by one of the former Imams.
Another picture from Yemen: two children on
a rooftop in the town of Thilla'.
Copyright © 2000 Richard Burnham