The ancient structures of Petra, in Jordan, and in Egypt’s Nile River valley continue to awe visitors from around the globe. These photos were taken during a three week visit in November of 2009. The buildings of Petra were carved directly into the towering sandstone cliffs that surround the valley in which it is located . Egypt’s temples were built thousands of years ago using massive, carved blocks of stone quarried 100 miles away.

Egypt’s Nile Valley; Petra, Jordan