Flowers are a passion for me. I just love any kind of blossom. However as my friends and family know, my favorites are orchids. Someday I hope to have a garden of orchids.
|These are my orchids in my Virginia kitchen right before we left for Bahrain.|
Sometimes when I look at a flower I think it has a face with an expression. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright. Each one with it's many working parts and beauty in all of them. They all function together to create a work of art - true natural beauty.
One of my fondest memories of Bahrain was walking at the Ritz and seeing all the beautiful flowers blooming.
I could not help myself. I was in awe of the beauty all around me.
|There was a large pond on the Ritz property. Many types of flowers surrounded the pond.|
|There were pink flamingos that lived on the edge of the pond at the Ritz with a row of blossoms framing their habitat.|
|Quite frequently they put out new flowers at the entrance to the Ritz compound. This is a view looking back at our building, Rasfa Towers just after they planted new flowers.|
Bahrain is primarily desert without a lot of natural vegetation. When you drive away from our area, the Al Seef district you see mostly hearty desert bushes except where they have planted trees along the highways.
|The government plants red and yellow blooming bushes along the highway. The yellow ones always seem to thrive but the red ones struggle.|
|The Bahraini people love fresh flowers. In fact, it is a tradition to take flowers to the hostess when you are invited to someone's home. I like that tradition. This is a centerpiece that was at the Embassy Bazar where I volunteered each year.|
I tried growing some plants on our balcony. It was difficult because the balcony had full sun for a good part of the day. It would become quite hot out there.
|The best growing flowers were definitely at the Ritz.|
|These are beach morning glories that lined the shore facing the Arabian sea. They bloomed each morning.|
|Trees filled with these soft yellow blossoms surround the outdoor bubble pool. The petals would drift gently down and land in the water at my feet while I read the morning newspaper.|
|The drives surrounding the Ritz were lined with flowers that were changed about every three months.|
|There were many trees filled with fragrant blossoms around the Ritz and on the road leading up to the gate.|
|These flowers were only the size of your thumb nail.|
|The parking lots were lined with bougainvillea in several colors.|
|Bougainvillea bloomed everywhere - around the pool, down the walks, on the island, and in the parking lot.|
|Inside the entrance to the health club was a large table always filled with flowers.|
|These flowers were on some shrubs planted at the base of palm trees.|
|Even the palm trees bloomed occasionally.|
|The roads were lined with these flowers in the Bahraini National colors, red and white.|
I hope you enjoy these images. I GREATLY enjoyed taking the pictures and putting them into this visual blog.
While I was working on them I came across this quote.
"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect." ~Terri Guillemetsqe
I am not sure why I enjoy flowers so much, but I am forever grateful that I do. Indeed they have a wonderful and lasting effect on me.