Lawrence's Spring (Ain Shalaaleh)

Lawrence's Spring (Ain Shalaaleh)

This spring found in the Wadi Rum desert was named for T.E. Lawrence, of Lawrence of Arabia fame, who fought in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire and forms a great part of the Middle Eastern history.  It is said that Lawrence of Arabia contributed the free running water for the locals by means of a stretch of pipe from the natural springs.
 
Up the mountain you find a tree and it is here where the natural spring is. It is always surprising to find water in the desert. The natural spring is affected by the weather so during very heated summer days most of the water may be evaporated, whilst in winter, visitors may see quite a lot of water under the rocks. Seeing as it takes up to an hour to get to the top, many visitors view the water that comes down via the piping system.
 
The view from the highest point of the rocks is spectacular. During sunset, the desert becomes a canvas with brilliant brown and orange colors. Here and there you spot a rock formation and if you are high enough, you will spot the campsite. The tyre and footprint tracks will soon be invisible as the winds sweep them away, leaving the coming day as if no one has made their way here.