Thursday, 4 December 2008

Camera Critters, Camel Head that cost me an Arm and a Leg.


 
 
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This camel head had cost me an arm and a leg. As soon as the cameldriver saw me taking a picture of his animal, he wanted money and as I only had one hundred Egyptian pound notes, I gave him one and asked 80 pounds back. He gave me 10. I said:"No, eighty!"He gave me 5 more. I said:"NO EIGHTY"...He went to one of his colleagues to change the hundred pounds, and gave me 50. I shouted at him:"EIGHTY"! Then he grabbed my hat, which I like very much, and put a strange white headgear on my head and his own filthy red-white checked scarf around my neck. I got so angry that I threw his things in his face and grabbed my hat back. Then at last he gave me seventy pounds, and I gave up my attempt to get the eighty pounds.

Facts about Camels.(from:fohn.net/camel-pictures-facts/)
Camels have lived in some of the most desolate corners of our planet, and not only do they live, they thrive. Most large animals are unable to survive in these kinds of desolate places. This is because of their large requirement for resources such as food and water. Camels are able to use this to their advantage as a survival strategy. By living in deserts, mountains, and other arid places Camels are able to avoid predators, and others who would compete for resources. Camels are only able to do this because of their amazing ability to efficiently use the resources their environments provide. A camel can travel long distances which allow them to take advantage of the maximum number of resources. They can withstand a massive amount of dehydration which allow them to survive not only between watering holes, but sometimes between seasons. When at a watering hole camels are able to gorge themselves and rehydrate quickly. For food, camels are omnivorous. They can eat almost anything be it vegetation, meat, or bone,-- salty or sweet, a camels stomach knows no limits. But it is their temperament that is truly endeared the camel to man. Docile and sweet under a caring hand, but stubborn and angry if ill treated, the camel both wins your heart and your respect


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29 comments:

Yen said...

I've tried riding a camel before but not in the middle east somewhere in Thailand in a Zoo. I'd like to try again!

crappy bloggers said...

I'm afraid of highs so I rather keep walking :)
Awesome images!

i beati said...

I believe the photos were worth an arm and a leg- love the header..

Jedediah said...

Definitely worth the arm and leg, really gorgeous photos. And I love the new header!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great shot and i am sorry you had to pay for it but it is a nice shot.

Indrani said...

You should see my camel shots, I took a close up of the camel's eyes too. I am sorry you had the bad experience, but the shot is terrific.

See this at leisure: http://isharethese.blogspot.com/search/label/camel%27s%20eyes

Norm said...

nice shot! I love to capture a Camel, so beautiful..

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Shame the camel owner wasn't a little more friendly. Can't imagine charging you to take the photo, but then I suppose he thought that was an easy way to make a little money for himself. Did you have a guide for the tour, or was this something you did alone? I think if the owner had taken his sweaty head gear and scarf and put it on me, it might have upset me a lot. Glad you're safely home.

RuneE said...

Some story! I'm begin to be glad that I have to avoid Egypt for reasons of health. I liked the first picture though.

A pity, really, since I would dearly like to go there.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting story! You had to work hard to get most of the change you wanted back, Nice photo, so I guess it was worth the extra 10!

babooshka said...

No something I have ever thought of doing camel riding. Fancy charging for the image. He should be grateful for the publicity.

i beati said...

unfortubnately the fire ended poorly but we are all safe. The energy co nor insurance would pay nearly 50,000 so each month I try to replace at least one thing.. sk

Barbara Martin said...

I learned something new from your post: that camels are omnivorous.
Thanks for sharing your experiences in Egypt and the information about the camels.

Ladynred said...

I've never seen a camel in person yet. I'm dying to see one. Great picture.

Cathy said...

Great photos, and the story made me laugh--although I wouldn't laugh if it were happening to me!

Brenda said...

That story was a little scary. You are brave. The picture was very good though!

Grammy said...

Great photos. I had a camel baby try to suck my had. it was a bottle baby.
This is my first time on Camera critters.
Have a great week.
Grammy

Gretchen said...

They sure do get the tourists, don't they? I've heard stories like that sooo many times. One person went into the pyramids and refused to pay extra, so they turned off the lights and left them in the dark! Luckily, they had flashlights in their packs.

Greyscale Territory said...

My son had the same problem when he went to Egypt. He told me it was quite normal not only to be charged to take a picture of a camel but expect to be hassled by others to buy trinkets, especially beads.

But still, he adored Egypt and he said the camel ride he had into the desert he will never forget. The feeling was just brilliant!

antigoni said...

Your life is full of adventure. Even to Egypt.

Leora said...

A wonderful camel! Loved your flowers that you have on Today's Flowers.

Sailor Girl said...

I've just seen your contribution to Sunday's Flowers and loved it!

Mine is an image of the painting «Girl With a Watering Can» (1876), by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), one of my favourite impressionist artists.

Have a nice weekend!!!!

Carletta said...

What a story!
Wonderful images.

david mcmahon said...

Definitely worth the price!

Denise said...

Your photos are great and I enjoyed the description of your deal and learning about the camel. It is an amazing animal.

Rosamaria said...

Your flowers are beautiful, Wil!
I've been there to, and they charget a lot to taka a picture with the camel.

fishing guy said...

Wil: Neat photos of the camel, they are such a neat animal.

You post of the flowers on Today's Flowers are just beautiful.I'm glad you shared the with us.

Misty Dawn said...

What a story!!! I'd love to ride a camel - have never had the opportunity.

I really enjoyed this post... especially your story (and photos) - you told it very well.

nonizamboni said...

You are one brave woman, Wil, in ever so many ways!!
And I love the Anglund graphics on you sidebar--a sweet memory of mine too. Thanks for sharing!