Birth Of The Blues!

IDF Caterpillar Armoured Bulldozer
Caterpillar D9 Armoured Bulldozer

The monster started its destruction early today; 7 o’clock to be precise! Its engine roared and its tracks clanked as it heaved itself away from our gateway and off up the hillside a couple of hundred metres away. This beast is definitely on contract as opposed to the rest of the critters which are assuredly government trained and fed and don’t get going much before eight twenty!

The creature is a D9 Caterpillar Bulldozer – here’s a picture of one that’s used by the Orwellian named Israeli Defence Forces to demolish the West Bank. ‘Ours’ is painted bright yellow and lacks the bullet-proof glass – otherwise it’s identical.

Anyway, having had our day got off to a great start, J and I decided to go for a good, long walk to see if we couldn’t rediscover some of the very good reasons why we live where we do. It was a great walk as we hauled ourselves up narrow valleys and through fine pine forests – stopping regularly to admire some of the beautiful flora and fantastic views.

By the time we got home my knees were having a right grumble and it will be a couple of days before they regain their normal creaky state! As I went through the photos I’d taken I was struck by the number of blue(ish) flowers in the pack – maybe it was a reflection of how the day began – it was certainly a reflection of how these beautiful gems had lifted my morning blues! Here’s a few to admire and enjoy.

Anemone coronaria
Anemone coronaria

 

Sand Crocus Romulea tempskyana
Sand Crocus Romulea tempskyana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iris unguicularis ssp carica (Algerian Iris)
Iris unguicularis ssp carica (Algerian Iris)
Sand Crocus - Romulea tempskyana
Sand Crocus - Romulea tempskyana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Algerian Iris - Iris-unguicularis-ssp-carica
Algerian Iris - Iris-unguicularis-ssp-carica

 

 

 

 

Cyclamen alpinum
Cyclamen alpinum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK! The Cyclamen is pink, but I was wearing tinted specs at the time and it is rather beautiful!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

Birth Of The Blues!