Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I Live by the Palm Tree


This is going to be the first of the last few pictures from my trip to Beirut. Getting close to the end of the roll. I'm feeling nostalgic already, and unsure about what's coming next. But ain't that the spice of life? I keep reminding myself that it is, though I too often forget.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pendant vingt ans il n'avait pensé qu'à son retour. Mais une fois rentré, il comprit, étonné, que sa vie,l'essence même de sa vie, son centre, son trésor, se trouvait hors d'Ithaque, dans les vingt ans de son errance..

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Fouad,

Another nice photo. You have become the master of sepia tones.

The composition is very clever. It gradually leads the eye up to the palm tree. Very nice.

Do they have a lot of palm trees in Lebanon, and do they carry dates? Just wondering.


10:21 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Sorry this is one of the last of your pictures from Lebanon, but I am so happy they have made such a lasting impression in me. You are extremely talented, and assuming you still have your camera, I can't wait to see the pictures you have yet to post or to take of your current place of residence.

Thank you for accepting me as an individual,


10:59 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

Kat, thank you for your kind words. I doubt though that pictures of my current place of residence will be nearly as emotionally authentic to me and my camera. I can't believe you're thanking me for accepting you as an individual! Did you think that I wouldn't because we're of different nationalities? Is there any way of accepting or rejecting you BUT as an individual?

11:15 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

Anonyme, mon Ithaque c'est mon errance la ou mes pieds ne me meneront jamais, mais il est toujours bon de retrouver les rives dorees de son enfance.

Sam, yes there are quite a few palm trees scattered about and they do carry dates. I don't think they're as good as iraqi dates though :) By the way, did you know that there are male and female date trees?

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am aware that palm trees come in male or female varieties.

My father brought a guy every year to climb up the female palm trees we had in the house and fertilise them with flowers from male trees. Without this human intervention the crop would be dismal.

Did you know that mulberry trees come in male and female varieties?
One needs at least one male in a orchard, to ensure that the females will carry a good crop.

We even have a saying about male mulberry trees (Fahal Tooth). When someone is called this, it means that they are sort of useless and have little value in them.

The saying comes from the description of the male mulberry tree; they are needed in an orchard (for fertilising the females), they are big and impressive trees (they use up a lot of space and water) but they carry no fruit (therefore have much less commercial value.)

So there you go. There is wisdom in them old folks.

Love your blog.


10:19 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

Very nice story :) thank you sam.

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