Sunday, December 14, 2008

Even "scary" places can be beautiful


Warren just got back from 2 weeks in Iran and is so HAPPY to be back with Birdcouple's better half!!

Not a lot of chance to bird. Something told me that walking around looking at things with binoculars was not the best way to introduce myself to my Iranian hosts. I did see four birds, all fairly common: White Wagtail, Hooded Crow, Eurasian Magpie and ... drum roll ... House Sparrow.

Tehran itself is not the world's most beautiful city. The people are incredibly lovely, however. And the city backs right up to the Alborz Mountains, which rise to over 15,000 feet at their tallest peak. Tehranis go walking, hiking (and skiing) in the mountains, especially on the weekend (Thursday afternoons and Friday), where they can escape the city and where social restrictions, like women's dress, is a little more relaxed.




I took this pitcure of a waterfall for you, Princess. It was a fun adventure, but it is GOOD TO BE HOME.

P.S. - After two weeks in another part of the world, Tufted Titmice and White-Breasted Nuthatches look really interesting again.

2 comments:

dAwN said...

Welcome back ...the mountains look beautiful in the distance...Too bad you didnt see that many birds...but at least you saw a house sparrow..tee hee...

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Sigh. I'm so glad you are home, Warren...