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The weather has been very warm for this time of year.  For me, this makes a great change after the freezing two weeks I had abroad.  Coupled with the heavy rain we had last month, the warm period has meant an explosion in these beautiful flowers. They are quite literarily everywhere you look…

If you haven’t yet noticed them, look out for them.  Wherever you happen to be tomorrow: on highways, look at the hard shoulder and the central reservation; if you’re out of the city look at low grounds; and if you’re between houses, look at the areas outside people’s gardens.  For gardeners, they are not a welcomed sight.

We went for a local walk this afternoon in Abu Halifa.  I saw the flowers and blue sky and could not resist.

Apart from the truck-loads of rubbish thrown all over – from picnics over the weekend – the place is amazing.  Carpeted with lush green (for a desert), decorated with flowers and contrasted with dry desert plants.  This particular area of Abu Halifa has been designated as a ‘National Park’ in Kuwait’s official  map.  I’m sure there  is a time-plan somewhere for its development – but I won’t hold my breath.  It’s no where near what I understand a national park to be, but it would make a decent-sized park – being the size of two typical blocks of Kuwait’s suburbs.  I love open space and I’m very pleased this area will not be built up.

I leave you with more shots from the glorious afternoon.


    • Mathai
    • Posted 18 January 2010 at 6:41 am
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    Its a great time of year for shots like this…wonderful pictures! I’m glad I checked my reader this morning. Have a great day Bu Yousef!

  1. your photography is just wonderful..just wow!! 🙂

  2. lovely, and havent laid my eyes on these pretty flowers yet. 😦 though my sons say they have! maybe should take a walk sometime…is it the open ground slightly close to the petrol station?

    and yes..lovely shivering brr..y pics of london! 🙂

  3. This is amazing. WoW…is all I can say.

  4. Your children are SO lucky to have a Mom and Dad who take them out for exploration walks like this! It will come back as a blessing, I promise you. 🙂

  5. I am surprised how much grows in Kuwait. I always imagined it as a very barren place. You are a great ambassador for travel to this region.

    • Polar Panda
    • Posted 20 January 2010 at 2:50 am
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    National Park – great! That would be way better than spa resorts and shopping malls. So where is this place called Abu Halifa? Really nice plants! Hope the government or Amir will build some walk or bike paths, but no more than that…

  6. Man you are Awesome

  7. It really is nice to be out and walking around these days! Can’t get enough of being out in Kuwait!

  8. Lovely pictures..and beautiful kids mashalla!

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