As the heat rolls on in summer and the sun beats down relentlessly on the countryside scorching everything in its wake, brown is the colour that dominates the landscape. Sure in the gorgeous light of sunset the browns can appear in gold, bronze and copper hues, but for the large part of the waking hours it’s just brown and there is nothing beautiful about it. It’s lifeless, drab, uninspiring and on some days soul destroying.
It’s on days like those that I yearn for green. Green in all it’s colours and forms. The towering eucalypt trees, the green grass underfoot, the many textures and shapes of leaves on scrubs, plants and bushes. Green can soothe the soul, it’s life giving, peaceful, fresh and has the ability to restore the balance and bring harmony to oneself.
To this end I’ve found a “secret garden” to which I try to escape to as often as possible in Summer in Jordan. A short drive from where we live is a Wadi which I’ve written about before here and here. If gardens can be described as the “lungs for a city” then this wadi could be described as one of my lifelines in Wadi Musa.
This Summer my secret garden has come into it’s own. The abundant rain and cold snaps throughout Spring have aligned perfectly for a bumper crop of apples from the wild apple trees. An afternoon of picking apples straight from the tree and enjoying them whilst sitting in the dappled shade has restorative and curing properties from an overdose of “brown fever”.
The gnarly, knotted old apple tree. It’s been decades since anyone showed this old tree any care or attention which adds to it’s attractiveness for me. There’s something about eating apples straight from the tree, with their taste of yesteryear and all their imperfections and “organicness” (that is so a word!)
The simple things – delighting in filling a basket with apples.
The girls playing ring-a-rosie in the “secret garden”
And off exploring and seeing what treasures the secret garden contains…
Giggles and games in the late afternoon sun (click on the image for full size)
Indulging my love of taking photos in beautiful light in beautiful surrounds
Enjoying the taste of apples as good as they get.