The birds are back

Migratory birds, that flock to Bahrain in the winters, escaping from the freezing temperatures in Siberia and other colder regions of the world, are omnipresent everywhere in the country, especially in the coastal areas. This particular spot, at the so-called ‘dhow graveyard’ in Muharraq, is one that is most frequented by these winged visitors and…

Sunset – my favourite colour

It was almost dark when these pictures were taken, with an iPhone, on Bahrain’s Tubli coast. Once again, it’s been proven beyond doubt that sunsets in this tiny island nation are special – especially if it’s winter! The images show the water, boats, palm trees, buildings and cars – pretty much what life in Bahrain…

First Rain

  I am sure it sounds strange but here in Bahrain we celebrate the first rain of the season. A few days ago, an impending ‘thunderstorm’ was announced in the local Press and smartphone weather apps started giving out ‘warnings’ of ‘unsettled weather’ over the weekend. So it was with much anticipation that virtually everyone…

Bird brain and sea brawn

This sparrow thought it could weather any storm. Well, not quite. When the wind was at its howling best and the tide at its highest, the little creature could not take it any more. At one moment, it was ‘hopping and skipping’ and, at another, it was in the water, struggling to stay afloat. That…

Colours of the summer

The summer is upon us. Day temperatures are already in excess of 37C and its getting warmer. Yes, in these “trying” times for vegetation, the garden is in bloom. Well, not really, since there are only a few flowers and shrubs that are thriving. The hardy bougainvillea is one of them and so is the…