Posts Tagged ‘summer’

The Switcheroo

November 28th, 2012

Earlier this summer, I shot a few behind-the scenes images at a wedding in the mountains of Lebanon.

After the ceremony, and just before the start of the start of the festivities, the bride snuck off to change out of her heels in favour of something she could easily dance in: a pair of (no doubt waaaay more comfy) Chucks.

I couldn’t resist taking the shot. I love the unusual contrast of the casual shoes with the skirts of the wedding dress, and the discarded outrageously high-heeled “my-feet-are-killing-me” platforms in the background.

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Summer Sunset

October 20th, 2012

Clearly, I’m not yet entirely ready to let go of summer.

This young couple was deep in conversation, sat at the edge of the infinity pool, with the mountain range extending before them, bathed in the gorgeous light of the setting sun. What with the lighting (those colours!), the near-perfect symmetry of the scene (the wine glasses!), and the reflections in the mirror-like water, I couldn’t resist snapping away.

Seen at Montagnou, a great restaurant nestled high in the mountains of Lebanon, in the Ouyoun-el-Siman/Faraya area.

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Laqlouq Snow Walk

June 15th, 2011

Summer seems to have come upon us quite heavily here in Abu Dhabi. Got me thinking about the cooler times, such as earlier this year in Lebanon, where I had the chance to go on a snow walk for the first time.

The weather was starting to warm up earlier than expected and the mountain snow was turning a little slushy around noon, making skiing an unattractive proposition.

We went to a place known as Laqlouq, in Lebanon. We got there early in the afternoon, parked the car by the side of the road, put on the snowshoes and took off up the slope.

Below are a few pictures from that wonderful day.

The snows were already beginning to melt. And to melt quite fast. Just a few short weeks before, the entire mountain side was covered with snow, but the rocks were starting to reach out to the skies again…

As were some of the thorny wild flowers…

We were aiming to get to the cross at the top of the mountain. Unfortunately, just meters from the top, I dropped my glasses! Had to watch them ski their way down the steeper slope of the  mountainside.

We headed down after them, and I ended up falling and sliding down a good distance myself. Got snow all over my lens… Halfway down we met two dogs, German shepherds, who eneded up following and playing with us all the way back to the car.

The light was fading fast as we headed back down to Beirut. The clouds hung low over the mountains, bringing fog as the air cooled and making for a spectacular sunset.

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Ramadan!

August 21st, 2009

Well, summer is ending after having barely begun and the holy month of Ramadan is upon us again.

It’s odd, Ramadan for me will always signify summer – I guess due to my earliest memories of it in my first years of school/kindergarten… (If you want to find the applicable dates and years, you can have some fun here)

The pace of life in this city will slow, and the nights will come to life in the form of long water-pipe sessions in good company in the Suhoor tents set up around the city…

It’s Ramadan and Baghdad is in the news again (see also here), and unfortunately not in a good way.  I recently had a discussion with a friend about the importance of stories. All this reminds me of a story called Ramadan, which is set in Baghdad at the time of the Caliph Haroun Al Rashid. It’s a story about storytelling, of the hope and the comfort it may bring, and of dreams and how powerful they can be.

It was written by one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, and is a story from his critically-acclaimed Sandman series.

This should give you an idea of what Neil Gaiman’s Ramadan is about.

You can find Ramadan among the stories in The Sandman: Fables and Reflections, which I cannot recommend enough.

You can find out more about Neil here.

Now, back to the main point of this post: Ramadan Mubarak to one and all!

Z!

P.S.: Look out for some new pictures to be posted in the next few days.

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