An MHA Seer Stone Photo

By January 23, 2010

Below is my contribution to the travels of the Mormon History Association’s presidential seer stone.

The location is “The Tree of Life” (Shajarat al-Hayah) in southern Bahrain. It is a 100+ year-old tree out in the desert with no obvious source of water. It’s winter and the “wet” season, so things are greener than usual. See here for another image of the tree and a satellite shot showing the isolation. If one doesn’t get lost (ahem, and mea culpa), it’s about thirty minutes from my apartment.

You can tell it’s really me in the photo by the closed eyes, the partially untucked shirt, and the “stone” sketched, in a moving car, on lined notebook paper.

More photos of JI-ers and Keepa’ninnies with May are here.

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  1. This has to be the most exotic photo so far, Edje, in an increasingly crowded field of locales. So cool! (Have you sent it to Ron Romig?)

    Safe travels.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — January 23, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  2. Awesome, Edje, thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Jared T — January 23, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

  3. (Ardis: No, I hadn’t, but now I have. Thanks.)

    Comment by Edje Jeter — January 23, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  4. that’s an amazing tree. I wonder how deep those roots have to go to get water.

    Comment by Dan — January 23, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  5. Awesome, Ed.

    Comment by Christopher — January 23, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  6. Very cool (er, I mean hot)!

    Comment by Ben Pratt — January 23, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

  7. Good seeing you, edje.

    Comment by Mark Brown — January 23, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  8. Thanks, Dan, Chris, Ben, and Mark.

    Ben–actually, Bahrain has a “winter”: it’s a very pleasant 20 or so degrees [C] with a nice breeze. I find it quite humorous to see the students show up in sweaters, mittens, and knit-caps while the (few) North-American faculty members show up in short-sleeve shirts.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — January 24, 2010 @ 5:44 am

  9. Thanks for the pingback! What an amazing tree– I hope one day to visit it in person as well!

    Comment by Vicky — January 25, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  10. Vicky, Welcome! Thanks for the pictures and good luck!

    Comment by Edje Jeter — January 25, 2010 @ 10:10 am

  11. What a great photo! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Ardis S. — January 25, 2010 @ 7:57 pm


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