Postcard from the Beqaa. by ruthmouch

Postcard from the Beqaa.

I always keep an eye out for shepherds, finding one with a donkey is even better!!

Ali is 17 years old, he cares for 200 head of sheep and goats. He has a wide grin and obviously cares for his flock with great tenderness. He takes the flock out from their overnight shelter in the village from morning until dark, lambs remain in the shed. He had some arabic bread in his pockets and in the saddle bags on the donkey and this is what everyone was searching for!

Indigenous sheep have a large fat sack each side of their tail which is much prized and significantly adds to their value.

Even after living here for 20 years, whenever I hear "Beqaa valley" my subconscious thoughts involve terrorist training camps and poppies grown for heroin. Both are pretty much non-existant now and it is a thriving agricultural area.
I just see this in the PP ...it's really fantastic. You have an excellent eye for fabulous scenes representing Lebanon and its people. FAV.
January 24th, 2013  
Thats is a awsome photo , you live in a very intrest place
January 24th, 2013  
Wonderful shot! Evocative shot and story.
January 24th, 2013  
Cool I love their woolly coats
January 24th, 2013  
How awesome this is!
January 24th, 2013  
Wonderful!
January 24th, 2013  
Great shot!
January 24th, 2013  
This could have been just another photo but it isn't. Love your composition and the it drips with tenderness.
January 24th, 2013  
It's a beautiful scene and I love the story. So glad to hear the terrorists have pretty much gone. Is it safe to visit there now as a tourist?
January 24th, 2013  
What a great shot and I just love the donkey! I always enjoy your narrative.
January 24th, 2013  
Such an interesting shot and a wonderful story too. This really gives a flavor of life as a shepherd. Perfect lighting and very good composition.
January 24th, 2013  
What a beautiful shot. And good to know how the area is now thriving. If only that could be done in other poppy-growing areas of the world. Fav. for me.
January 24th, 2013  
Wonderful shot!
January 24th, 2013  
The backdrop breath taking, the shot is beautiful...great story to accompany.
January 24th, 2013  
a great shot that tells a story
January 24th, 2013  
Terrific subject, wonderful composition, great light. What an opportunity to take such a fabulous shot!! ( she said, smiling! shhh)
January 24th, 2013  
wow-- great capture!!
January 24th, 2013  
bep
Love your story, Ruth. Showed your picture to my husband (he has owned sheep for many, many years) and his first comment was something about the fat sacks and the tails of the sheep.
January 24th, 2013  
Thanks again for a great shot and story.
January 24th, 2013  
Instant fav, marvelous human interest capture! And, unfortunately, that is not my Ferrari from today's pic - the only Ferrari I own is a model, about a foot long!
January 24th, 2013  
What a wonderful shot. Love how all the animals are so fuzzy. Glad to hear the change in the surroundings. Hope for everyone sake it remains beautiful as this image.
January 24th, 2013  
Great shot and story.
January 24th, 2013  
postcard beautiful - fav!
January 24th, 2013  
Beautiful shot!
January 24th, 2013  
Love to see these sheep & the caring young man who takes such pride in his flock. A very simple life for him compared with his compatriots in large cities....no drink & drugs here, I know which is the better & richer life!!! Fabulous mountain range!!
January 24th, 2013  
I really love this shot- it has a story. What I also appreciate is really the fact that I'm seeing a living history. As a student of the Bible I've learned that shepherding has not changed much over the millenia, so seeing a shot like this is like looking back at passages about Abraham and seeing them in action. Great shot Ruth! I so enjoy your pictures.
January 24th, 2013  
A wonderful shot... such a different world!
January 24th, 2013  
Pam
It is nice to hear that the area is thriving. Your words, and the image are journalism material. Absolutely wonderful!
January 24th, 2013  
Lovely capture, Ruth.
January 24th, 2013  
Lovely 'Nat Geographic' scene. Fav!
January 24th, 2013  
Gorgeous capture. I agree with Arthur - National Geographic. I love the shots of the different people that you get. It really is a different world from where I live.
January 24th, 2013  
i love this. it reminds me of salalah in southern oman.
January 24th, 2013  
The colors in this shot are very nice!
January 24th, 2013  
Brilliant capture Ruth and a beautiful view...Fav
January 24th, 2013  
Terrific capture, Ruth. Love the donkey surrounded by the sheep.
January 24th, 2013  
A biblical scene. Beautiful capture. Fav.
January 24th, 2013  
You can tell the flock like and respect him, too.
January 24th, 2013  
What a gorgeous menagerie. Looks special with the snow capped mountains behind.
January 24th, 2013  
Beautiful scene...the warmth of the boy towards his animals and the beautiful mountains behind. A different world for sure
January 24th, 2013  
what a nice capture ,always love the story with your shots ,glad the area is more peaceful,and love that background view!!
January 24th, 2013  
Love the story and the pic!
January 24th, 2013  
This is a wonderful shot, and another great insight into life in Lebanon! Good to hear that the Beqaa valley has changed so much for the good!
January 24th, 2013  
good composition, lighting, and colour
January 24th, 2013  
What a great glimpse of another culture! I love the animals and the shepherd, and the mountains in the distance are beautiful! Fav!
January 24th, 2013  
Really fabulous glimpse at life in your country.
January 24th, 2013  
Don't know which I like more, the background or the donkey. :)
January 24th, 2013  
They seem to like him. Great shot Ruth. So colorful in many ways.
January 24th, 2013  
Great shot, great scenery, and another great little insight into a different culture. I remember hearing 'Beqaa valley' almost nightly on the news years ago and never in a positive way. Not for the first time Ruth, you are helping to shape new impressions of a small part of the world for me. Thank you :)
January 24th, 2013  
Fabolous shot. You`ve got yourself a new follower. Looking forward to se many amazing photos form Libanon :)
January 24th, 2013  
Yes, lovely shot.
January 24th, 2013  
This is a wonderful shot. Composition perfect and so interesting.
January 24th, 2013  
What a wonderful shot, I love the story behind it!
January 24th, 2013  
Beautiful composition, Ruth ...I love how these people smile and have such wonderful expressions on your photos. Gorgeous setting ... what a beautiful scene.
January 25th, 2013  
awesome composition! Somehow this photo takes me back to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. wonderful wonderful scene!
January 25th, 2013  
I'm learning so much about your city through your wonderful images. It's definitely different than our news portrays!
January 25th, 2013  
Beautiful
January 25th, 2013  
What a wonderful shot of such a great young man
January 25th, 2013  
Oh Ruth This is just Gorgeous!! I love the colors and the whole composition is just perfect!Great Information too! FAV! :)
January 25th, 2013  
Great shot. I love the story with it as well. :-)
January 25th, 2013  
If not for a few distant buildings, this could have been taken a thousand years ago. Fascinating.
January 25th, 2013  
fav Ruth lovely information too.
January 25th, 2013  
I am continually captured by your images of your surroundings - just beautiful.
January 25th, 2013  
Oh Ruth, This is just Fabulous! Fav : )
January 25th, 2013  
It looks like he has his work cut out to maintain order once they get a sniff of the goodies. I'll bet those animals are great characters.
January 25th, 2013  
what a wonderful picture :)
January 25th, 2013  
Oh wow fantastic shot Ruth. Love the tones and his wonderful expression! He does look like he cares for them all greatly.
January 25th, 2013  
Beautiful. This is indeed a postcard worthy shot. fav.
January 25th, 2013  
Just Splendid Ruth! FAV
January 25th, 2013  
Beautiful capture depicting a part of the life of a shepherd. It's good to hear that the area has been cleansed of the camps and poppy fields.
January 25th, 2013  
Beautiful shot with the mountains in the distance and the animals filling up the foreground.
January 25th, 2013  
FABULOUS
January 25th, 2013  
Great shot! I always enjoy the stories you find out about their lives
January 25th, 2013  
The tender scene in the foreground, and the hugeness of the mountains behind tells such a story... wonderful shot
January 26th, 2013  
The sheep really seem like like their shepherd.
January 27th, 2013  
FAV
January 27th, 2013  
fave, of course
January 28th, 2013  
WOW!!!!
January 29th, 2013  
Great capture!
January 31st, 2013  
Ruth, I so enjoy your pictures, thank you so much!!
February 3rd, 2013  
Wonderful shot: foreground and setting just great
February 3rd, 2013  
Ruth, I am speaking to my congregation on Sunday about shepherds and sheep and I was wondering if I could have your permission to use this picture for illustration? It would not be used for anything else and I am not being paid to speak (otherwise I would pay you!).
March 4th, 2013  
My dear feel free to use it as you wish......do you want me to email you a copy or you can use it from here...?
March 4th, 2013  
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