Yesterday was one of those gloriously perfect winters day. Hard to call it a winters day when in Wadi Musa/Petra it was 20 degrees out, the sun was shining and warming the earth and the smell of spring was on the breeze. Spring was in the air.
Alia and I headed out and found ourselves in the orchard just up the road. We settled under an almond tree which was bursting into blossom and the ground was heavy with the new growth of wild chamomile plants. The blossom and the chamomile providing a heady scent that brought a smile to your face knowing that winter is shaking off it’s coat and that spring and all it’s glory is just around the corner.
The bees were busy buzzing as they moved with purpose from one blossom to the next and the birds were singing cheerily. There wasn’t a cloud in the brilliant blue sky. It was a good day to have an afternoon tea picnic under the almond tree.
The beautiful almond blossom turning from blush pink buds to brilliant white blooms.
The new lush growth of the chamomile with the dead heads of last seasons flowers.
Little hands eagerly reaching for blossom to pick.
Inspecting and smelling the blossom (even if this meant pulling off all the petals and shoving it right in your nose!)
Enjoying a picnic in the sun.
The vivid green new foliage of the quince tree. So compact, so structural, so beautiful.
Compared with the intense red of the new foliage of the pomegranate tree.
A little patch of Dark Grape Hyacinth taking full advantage of not being anywhere near a sheep track and flourishing in the sun.