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Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring Is Here!

Spring is here. The telltale signs are everywhere. In the air, the long journey home to nest is underway, as thousands and thousands of storks cross the sky over Tartous. Driven by a basic instinct honed over the millennia, they leave the warm grounds of Africa heading to Europe, flying over the eastern part of the Mediterranean. Year after year, like clockwork. Spring is here!


Perched on top of a 10 m concrete pole, this mourning dove is incubating a pair of eggs. Her chicks will hatch shortly and they need all the protection she could offer them. A few days before, this expecting mother couldn't resist the temptation of her lusty male companion. It's a first time for the young couple and the mating was so pleasing they ought to do it again, before the season is gone.

With the earlier rise of the sun and the longer days, a mysterious alarm ticked inside the biological clock of this beautifully colored tree. In a matter of hours, hundreds of blossoms turned into violet flowers. What little bird, what insect can resist this temptting colorful feast. All the better for the tree, for it has insured the spread of pollen to others of the species for miles and miles around. Sex is everywhere, spring is here.

If you think this lake looks pretty from ground level, you can only imagine how it must appear from high up in the sky. With a bird-eye view of the crystal clear waters, the traveling storks, cranes, geese and ducks will rest for a night or two. They would have plenty of time to engage in some foreplay, postplay, and of course what matters most, the play itself. They will eventually reach Europe and the females will lay their fertilized eggs. The males would help with the building of the nest. Then they would gather in small groups enjoying the weather, reminiscing about the crazy night of mad love-making they had, just a few days ago, in the beautiful countryside of Tartous.

10 comments:

The Syrian Brit said...

Of the many things I miss about home, it is spring in Ghouta that I miss most.. The explosion of flowers.. the amazing array of colours.. the delightful weather..
Hmmm.. I do wish I was there...

Soraya said...

i feel so alive and refreshed during spring its like life is reborn,,, amazing season indeed.

Yaz said...

Spring is undeniable here, the cherry blossom has taken the streets truning everything into this beautiful array of colors of all the shadows of red and pink...

The beauty of spring here, only makes me miss homs a little bit more.

Abu Kareem said...

Even here the wind has lost its cold bite and the snow has melted. The Canadian geese are flying North in anticipation of warmer weather. However, with the snow receding, everything is brown and muddy. We will not see the cherry blossoms in the tree in front of our house until May. There is definitely NO sex in the air-not yet.

abufares said...

Hi Syrian Brit
This is the time for the outdoors. The perfect picnic could take place almost anywhere in Syria once you cross the city limits. I know how you must feel.

Soraya
Watch out, you're young, pretty and now you feel refreshed. Watch out for the refreshed wolves out there:)

Hi Yaz
I've heard so much about this supposedly magnificent season in Japan. May be you can do us all a favor and post some pictures.

Abu Kareem
Autumn is my favorite season and my memories of the fall in America are move vivid and colorful.
We have the advantage here of the gradual and spectacular change of seasons, although the climatic variables that have inflicted the globe have affected us as well.

GraY FoX said...

salam abu fares
first of all
kel 3am wa antom be kher wa domotom :) since spring is here now :D
great shots , and great words :)
and Abu Kareem
and Syrian Brit,
trust me you dont wanna miss ghouta nowadays :(

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Hi Abu Fares...
I am glad that you are enjoying the blossoming of the spring. And although I couldn't see the photos (flckr is shamelessly blocked here ) but I think they couldn't be more fabulous than your writing....
The very first telltale of spring here in Dubai was a heavy sandstorm that brought the visibility down to 20 meters...
Be it Al ghouta, Kasab, Safita, Mashkita or Abu 3bais... I just want to re-live the feeling of spring's rebirth! (yes the one that Soraya was referring to :)))))...

abufares said...

Hi Gray Fox
Wa inta b kheir. What you said to Abu Kareem and Syrian Brit is so true, unfortunately.

Dubai Jazz
My question is how come Flickr is blocked. I mean is it blocked in Dubai??? or did I reach the wrong conclusion.

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Well Abu Fares, the story goes like this:
There are two major internet providers in Dubai; the Etislalt is where I get my connection through and yes flckr is blocked there! because it is (inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates. )
How funny! I mean all these brothels and prostitutes roaming around the streets harassing Innocent guys like me are not inconsistent with the bla and bla values?....
To make things even more consistent, the other Internet provider Du (which nurtures to the Media City, free zones and the neighbourhoods of the velvet society) ... Du doesn't block flckr...
Welcome to the SandLand!

Black Hawk said...

it is really a good post Abufares...
...thank you..
Spring is a lovely season...specially in Gota..near Damascus...Oh GOD !
that was before.....unlucky... it became miserable...