These days I tend to dawdle along in the slow lane, out of consideration for other drivers---to reduce the impact of "Oh wow", slam on brakes, reverse........ This gentleman was standing on the roadside as we headed to Baalback, he looked so colourful and was impossible to resist!
So I hopped out and started a conversation, explaining that I love taking photos of elderly gents... we soon gathered a group of onlookers, local chaps who knew Kassem, who were half or quarter his age. Kassem is Syrian, a shepherd and has lived and worked in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley for the last 20 years and is originally from Idlib in Syria. He owns 130 head of sheep, sells young males at 3 months when they are about 30 kilos and will get about 5$ per kilo. Having discussed this with my Dad, we feel he's onto a fair earner!
When asked about his age, he wasn't sure...early sixties was his best guess...The crowd were a great help filling in information and interacting so that laughter was plentiful. Meeting, however fleetingly, such wonderful strangers is a tremendously uplifting experience.