The Siq and Treasury, Petra, Jordan

This is the Treasury in Petra.  You approach it down a narrow gap in the rocks called “El Siq”.

I took this photo when I first visited Petra.  I thought, at the time, that I have been unbelievably lucky to find a camel sitting in the most photogenic position possible.  A few years later I went back to Petra and again a camel sitting in this exact spot.  I’ve since looked at scores of photos taken by other photographers of this view.  In just about every case, there is a camel sitting in the same place!

In the UK we paint our seaside piers to make them look nice for tourists.  In Jordan they strategically place a camel!