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The weather has been fantastic over the past few days.  I’ve been a little too busy to step out and use this time of year to its full.  Yesterday, I was in the city and I had my small camera with me.  I took the coastal route to Shuwaikh – and stopped at one of my favourite photo locations: Shuwaikh Beach.  It offers a wonderful vantage point, and the algae lines provide an interesting lead into the scene.

Not a bad result, really, for a small camera… Have a look at the larger version.  The Canon G11 must be the best point-and-shoot out there.

Today is my first day off work!  The photograph was taken from the Free Zone late Wednesday morning.  The dust seems to be gone this morning so I hope it will be a nice weekend for Kuwait.  As for me, I’m at the airport leaving for a break.

I will be off work for almost three weeks… the first break longer than two weeks in almost ten years.  Thank God for holidays.  I will spend some of this time in London.

From 30,000 feet, a dust storm is rather beautiful.  That’s what we should do in fact: we should build stations high up where the weather is both cooler and dust-free. Just look at that blue sky!

Even dust seems to produce beauty:  I love the view above – taken from our cruising altitude.  Dubai wasn’t anywhere near as dusty as Kuwait – but it was a ‘yellow’ journey from start to finish.  Below are a few shots from the trip, starting with the airport, Dubai, the ‘World’ and Kuwait.  

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I’ve wanted to get a photograph of the flamingos in the Free Zone for some time. I’m either there late in the night, or I forget my camera during the day.  Yesterday, I had my camera with me and I managed to find a couple of them.  I looked everywhere for the others and all I could see were seagulls and a dog!

I got back in my car and as I started to drive off I saw them.

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In case you didn’t notice it’s Spring time, look at this.  I took it late this morning in Shuwaikh.  The little flowers were in a pot and the surrounding area was full of butterflies.  I don’t know what family this butterfly is from, but I know I’ve always seen it in Kuwait.  I have many childhood memories of this exact colour.  I remember catching them and placing them into jars – only to watch them stop moving a while later.  Before you write to the UN, we were five or six at the time.

I promised the family I would buy these flowers in the hope of attracting butterflies into our garden.

UPDATE 23 03 2009

The flowers are called Lantanas & the butterfly is called Plain Tiger.

Shuwaikh port has seen its fair share of financial crisis, economy slowdown and even war.  I love this view of the imported cars, containers in the middle and the city in the background.  I hope 2009 is a year of recovery for the world economies, bringing back a sense of reliability and trust.  

Whatever your field of work, this is going to be a tough year.  Personally I’m happy it’s not “just another year” but rather a year when changes will be seen.

To all of you and your loved ones – HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I’ve always found Harley people to be friendly – especially here in Kuwait.  We were having lunch at the Free Zone earlier this afternoon when a group pulled up for a break.  I didn’t hesitate to take the children out to say hello and have a look.  It turned out even better when one of them recognised me.  He’s a good friend and owns the impressive bike photographed above – Mashallah.  He even lent his helmet and sun-glasses for Yousef to pose in.

Thank you Bu AbdelAziz.