The Hiker’s Maxim: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time (J.K.).”
It was already gloaming when Ace came to fetch us from the lawn (“Nofa Farm and Resorts: A Private Oasis of Tranquility and Restful Retreat”). Yahoo! Off to Safari Park at last.
When we were at the court’s parking lot, we were given the privilege to choose between a van and a 4×4 pickup. The adventurous spirit in us picked the one that suited the character. The next thing we knew was we were “cargo-loading” as opposed to top-loading on the pickup’s. We were also joined by some of Ace’s fellow tennis players who were not able to visit the park in the morning. It was so much fun―really! We had to shoot a live video. Check it out!
We were only able to catch a few animals like the lone gazelle at the entrance and ostriches near the paved road.
There were those that were visible and roaming around the park but were either elusive or too far away that could not be nicely captured by our cameras.
The growing vibrancy of the gloaming was actually the thing that made this joyride worth having, I believe. Staring into the distance as darkness slowly fell was breathtaking.
The kind of views that could be framed were so unique that I could not help myself bask in the glory of the moment. I felt so blessed that I was on that vehicles open cargo.
The experience was soon epitomized by the rolling hills capped by sunset colors in the distance; the glittering sand dunes; the center pivot irrigation equipment and the grass below them; and the astonishing structure of the one megawatt solar power plant comprising 28 units of CS500 Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) Dish System.
This solar power facility is the very supplier of clean energy into Nofa Resorts’ whole internal grid.
It is worth mentioning that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a key emerging market for Solar Systems, which paves the way for a cleaner and greener energy source and, soon, replacement of domestic oil consumption. I must say I love this place now more than ever.
This area of Nofa Resorts has fleeting desert riches that make for quaint golden hour pictures. With all the beautiful adjectives that came out from each of our mouths while witnessing the spectacular scenery nature was painting during that time, we were all enthralled beyond question. The opportunity to view the entirety of another Saudi Arabian destination in Riyadh Province during the gloaming is such a cherished experience.
It was another perfect time for sunset picture when we got back to our accommodations and the court.
It felt incredibly satisfying to bear witness to this another equally rare moment―when the sun is that low and creates a nice, warm light that makes the skies come alive at the ending of the day.
Seems like everything around lights up as the day gradually transitions to night. Yes, we have not fully seen the animals at the Safari Park but the kind of attraction that fed our senses during the entire ride was more than enough. That golden light makes the world look insanely beautiful! We were so happy and content to have been part of this once in a lifetime joyride.
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Riyadh 11576 Saudi Arabia
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