This is only the second picture that I have taken of a sparrow in Bahrain. Let along that, I have never actually spotted these tiny little creatures more than a few times. That’s what happens if one stays holed up within the four walls of a high-rise apartment building or stays within the confines of a big city’s congested neighbourhood. The only other time I photographed a sparrow was just about a year ago when it was in distress and we carried out the great rescue act (http://singhcircle.com/2014/06/17/a-little-bird-and-the-sea/) in Busaiteen. After that, this one appeared as out of nowhere on a tleafless tree in Manama. And, the ‘sighting’ was exciting, even more so since I had the camera on me at that time. Yes, Bahrain is quite a haven for birds of all kinds but not in the cities and certainly not in this terrible weather. That is why this Summer Sparrow is rather special!
A shop in Downtown Manama specialises in selling only thread. One can find several designs, colours and textures. There are also experts at hand who help customers with ideas and help them make that perfect match.
At first glance, this picture doesn’t make sense – but a closer look reveals the labyrinth of colours on display.
This elderly gentleman is as much a part of the Old Manama Suq as the Suq itself. He is at various places, always sitting alone, sometimes appearing to doze off, at times just sitting and staring at traffic and people. He is also one of the most-photographed by visitors and tourists and has even featured in some Bahrain picture postcards. I did once try to talk with him but did not succeed. He looked as if through me. Perhaps he speaks only Arabic, which I don’t, or it’s possible he just doesn’t want to talk. He’s probably carrying a million thoughts; a million memories, good and bad. He’s seen life for close to a century and seen the changes that have happened. Must make a fascinating story – if he talks!