One of things that has amazed me most about living in Wadi Musa/Petra, Jordan is the clear distinction between the seasons. Prior to living here, like many people, when I thought of the Middle East the images that came to mind were of hot, dry, dusty landscapes, desert and sand (lots of sand).
With an altitude of approximately 1200 metres above sea level in Petra we experience all four seasons and the landscape changes accordingly.
If we have had a wet winter then in Spring the landscape turns very green.
Summer brings with it long hot days and the returning of the landscape to hues of brown. The green of Spring is all but a distant memory as the crops turn golden ready to be harvested.
This series of photos are from the balcony of our house looking south. I will have to complete the series with a photo of Autumn in a couple of months time when the leaves of the orchard in the centre left of the photos are turning. Autumn is perhaps the season that is hardest to see visually as most of the trees around us are non deciduous and those that are deciduous turn and shed their leaves in the space of a couple of weeks.
I hope this post has given you some insight into a different kind of Middle East than you probably imagined.