View from Kitchener’s Island

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gardens.

In February 2013, we cruised up the Nile River in Egypt. One of our stops was at El Nabatat Island near Aswan to see the Aswan Botanical Garden.  Other names for this island are Kitchener’s Island, Geziret En Nabatat (Plant Island), or the Botanical Island.  It is commonly known as Kitchener’s Island because it was gifted to Lord Kitchener around the turn of the 20th century when he was the Consul-General in Egypt. He is the one who transformed the small island into a paradise of trees and other plants from India and other continents. The Egyptian government now owns and cares for the island, which is a popular park for local people and tourists.  The image below is a view of the Nile River from the gardens on Kitchener’s Island. The smaller boats in the image are feluccas, the  traditional wooden sailing boats that provide an enjoyable way to reach the island.

View from Kitchener’s Island

This photo was taken on February 28, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1000 sec, 6.2 mm

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