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Dead Sea sunset

The lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea is over 420 metres below normal sea level. It’s actually more a lake than a sea but is definitely dead – with water eight times saltier than the ocean, no fish or plants can survive in it. It’s surrounded by Jordan on its east bank and Israel on its left and is only 11 miles wide, so on a clear day you can see the land across the other side. Although the hills all around mean the sun doesn’t quite dip into the sea, you still get spectacular sunsets. The light turned from orange to pinks and purples, with the patterns of the clouds and shafts of light reflected back by calm water of the swimming pool, until darkness fell, leaving just the lights of Bethlehem and Jerusalem twinkling across the other side.

Sunset over the Dead Sea, Jordan
Sunset over the Dead Sea, Jordan
Sunset over the Dead Sea, Jordan
Sunset over the Dead Sea, Jordan

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  • Reply
    Anita Mac
    January 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Those are gorgeous Lucy.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Anita, would love to be back there in the warm now!

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    restlessjo
    January 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Spectacular, Lucy!

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    Kathryn
    January 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Only looking at this on my mobile but these look like some of the loveliest sunsets I’ve ever seen.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Kat, we had two nights there and both were as stunning as each other.

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    Browsing the Atlas
    January 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    This is one of the top places on my husband’s bucket list. I didn’t imagine it being so pretty. The name conjures up something darker, which is silly, isn’t it?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      I didn’t really know what to expect either – there’s not much in the way of beach but the sea itself is very pretty.

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    Esmee
    January 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks, I love photographing sunsets, keep meaning to do a few sunrises too but I’m terrible at getting up early!

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    Madhu
    January 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Gorgeous! We went on a cloudy day, but still felt we should have stayed longer 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      We had a couple of nights there which was about enough – next post will be more about what to see and do there.

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    The Travelbunny
    January 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Simply beautiful 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      It was a great spot to sit and have a drink (a seriously pricey one though, but that’s a story for the next post!).

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    missmadaboutravel
    January 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Gorgeous pictures Lucy! Somehow, Israel has never been on my bucketlist (or, at least, not in the first places) but your pictures are making me want to go to the dead sea really bad 😉

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      I didn’t know much about the Dead Sea before I went but really enjoyed it there – I’ll have to go back and see it from the Israeli side too!

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    micalahall
    January 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Reblogged this on Whisk me to… and commented:
    I love this piece and so should you.

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    f-stop mama
    January 11, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Wow these are incredible shots! I absolutely adore sunset photos and you really captured the beauty in your photographs. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, I was hoping for a clear day but I think the clouds actually made the shots more interesting.

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    Karen Johnson
    January 11, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Gorgeous shots Lucy!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Karen, we were lucky to get a calm day to get the reflection – it was so windy that morning!

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    andreamichelleb
    January 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Beautiful!

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    huskcherries
    January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Reblogged this on alibertinemusing and commented:
    Great pictures.

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    megtraveling
    January 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    It looks so serene with the fluffy clouds – beautiful pictures!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      The weather was a little strange – windy in the mornings then completely calm in the afternoon, lucky for the sunset shots though!

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    Rachael
    January 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Spectacular! Did you like your hotel? Still planning…

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Funny you should ask as I’ve got a post coming up about it tomorrow! Hope the planning is going well, do let me know if you have any questions.

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    Gerard
    January 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Great pictures!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Gerard, I do love photographing sunsets and these were beautiful.

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    Luxury or bust at the Dead Sea | On the Luce
    January 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

    […] there was plenty of space on the sun loungers to laze about with a book and to grab the perfect sunset spot by the infinity […]

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    Lauren @ Peaks and Passports
    January 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Unbelievable photos!

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    nuresma
    January 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Amazing!!

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    coyotero2112
    January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Great shots of an unusaual destination for anyone not living in the Middle East or Europe. Any Goth types? Always wonder about that…Dead Sea…Death Valley…Hell’s Canyon…Hel, Norway…seems like a natural.
    Later…

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    Adventure Travel Nick
    January 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Gorgeous shots – I love the reflections in the water

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      February 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks, it’s hard to believe it was so windy that morning but we got lucky with the calm weather later on.

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    jessica @ a passion and a passport
    February 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Wow these pictures are stunning! I saw the sunrise over the dead sea from atop Masada, but never had the opportunity to see the sunset. How gorgeous! Nice blog- love it!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 18, 2013 at 1:19 am

      I would’ve loved to see the sunset but I’m notoriously dreadful at getting up early, maybe next time I’ll manage it!

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    albinsson
    March 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I mean great pictures you have!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 18, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Thanks, it was a lovely spot and some well positioned clouds helped!

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    sadhchyme
    January 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

    wow, those are some great shots up there. The clouds are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing

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