Saudi Arabia: Springtime in the Desert

There are now signs of Spring in North Carolina.  The redbud trees have blossomed out with their brilliant pink blossoms.  Daffodils have popped up from the earth.  I’m awakened by the songs of the birds in the morning.  These signs of Spring remind me of Springtime in the desert.  I know…it’s hard to imagine the desert as much more than a large arid mass of land…at first blush.  But if you look a little closer and especially at Spring time you will see much more.

Even the Rub Al-Khali, Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter, will have signs of Spring.  During the Spring season one may have the good fortune to see the purple iris flower which blooms in the desert!

Of course one can find low rising shrubby vegetation year round in the desert but that is not all.  There are a number of different types of plants which do grow in the desert to include some plants which the beduoins use as herbal medicines or some others which have been used as make-up!

So next time you head out to Thamamah and think all you see are rolling dunes of sand, look again!  You might be surprised.


2 Responses

  1. One of Bruce Feiler’s books helped me learn how alive the desert is. This post reminded me that there are treasures everywhere!

    Happy (almost) Spring!

    Oh, and did you see daffodils in January this year due to the warm winter? I did! 🙂

  2. I have Spring fever!

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