A beautiful natural world around is one of the strongest assets for a country’s flourishing tourism, what if it wears a new garment every other month, and it is ornamented by rivers and waterfalls, diversified types of trees and plants, mountains and valleys, beside vast fields of colored crops. It is worth noting here that Lebanon’s mountains are rich in caves that were used by religious groups to escape persecution in past history and considered a heritage, beside being rich in grottos such as Jeita which is a wonderful natural wonder. In addition, Lebanon is working continuously to protect biospheres and forests through Nature Reserves.
The natural world does not only provide humans’ basic survival needs like food, water and shelter among others, but it is also an antidote for stress, therapy for many cases of anxiety and depression, and enhances the immune system. Hence, let’s enjoy while preserving every aspect of it, as it is vanishing bit by bit, while it gives generously without asking for any return.
The cedars are connected to our identity, and are a significant addition to our national flag. They in fact root back to our ancient history. Hence, it is without no doubt that I must honor it with special consideration, as I represent Lebanon’s nature in my photographs.
Moreover, I do believe that the Juniperus tree did not take the concern that it deserves over the ages, since it even exceeds the cedars’ endurance level in extremely rough climates, and its creation story is so interesting.
Therefore, I am presenting both types of trees in a separate section, hoping that they will be seriously protected with serious reforestation efforts.
The Lebanese are blessed to experience four different seasons in a year, which continuously demonstrates ever-changing colors and scenes that accentuate beauty.
In parallel, the unique and varied landscapes create endless scenes, believed to be paintings rather than photographs.
Caves are mostly formed by the dissolution of limestone, and largely affected by water erosion and snow. It can start as a small hollow in the mountain, and expand into an amazing grotto, exhibiting gigantic Stalactites and Stalagmites.
Lebanon’s mountains and weather participate in the countless caves and grottos scattered all around. Many grottos are not yet out to the public while others are yet to be discovered. Many are precious heritage as well, adding to the country’s richness.
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