Despite what the tourist brochures say, Jordan is not, in general, a very pretty place. It's hot, dry, gray and boring. However, that rule is not without exceptions, and Wadi Rum, a desert valley in the South of Jordan, is one such.
Wadi Rum is as hot, dry and gray as the rest of Jordan, if not more so, but as a hiking and climbing destination, it is anything but boring. I have taken half a dozen trips to the valley, and thoroughly enjoyed hiking across the vast open spaces and climbing the treacherous sandstone cliffs, not to mention watching the gorgeous sunrise and sunset. The photos below were taken over several such trips.
The last 4 photos in this set were taken in Petra, and are included on this page due to geographic and stylistic proximity.