From daybreak to sunset, the Jordanian desert is a million shades of light.
Lee Delulio first explored Jordan’s brilliance from dusk until dawn, reveling in the nighttime illumination at Petra.
Here, in a photo essay for Fodor’s Travel, and with guidance from G Adventures, he captures the hues of a day in the desert.
The day begins clear and calm. Visibility is at it’s best at dawn.
For the sun’s first hour over the horizon, the sands are cast in gold.
As the sun makes its way from one side of the sky to the other, the heat intensifies.
Honeyed light turns to lemony brightness.
Haze from the sand carries the rosy hues, fading landscape and sky.
The sun paints the desert sands red until it dips below the mountains, casting the earth with cool shadows.
The darkening sky and the red sandstone collide along the horizon line.
The crimson warmth diminishes as the celestial landscape reemerges from its harsh heat.
The night shimmers with moon and stars.