Sawaqi summer clouds

Boundless Summer

The historic caves of Habis were used as a hideout back in Roman and Byzantine eras.

Back then, reaching the caves was a difficult feat. But once inside, it's possible to reach any cave through interconnecting tunnels

Now, the caves are a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a sunny day in the shade.

A spectacular landscape framed by the caves overlooks  Wadi el Habis, Bekaa valley, and Anti Lebanon mountains.

Sleeping bats were dispersed inside one of the caves.

Spring flowers were all around, and some still didn't open their petals, like the one below.

We climbed through the rocks and reached the top of the valley.

Climbing to the top is a fun challenge, and it's easy to walk along the crest.

The peaks offered even wider angles on the landscape.

With such a dense landscape, I like to spot fields in the distance using my zoom lens.

I look forward to safely exploring more caves in the area next time!

After passing Miziara, a pristine road leads to Sawaqi.

On our hike starting from Sawaqi, there's not much human intervention, except for some fresh water containers for the farmers' sheep.

Although we knew there was a cedar forest on our way, we didn't know that Karm el Mohr was that big, extending to the top and sides of the mountain.

After passing the cedar forest, Juniper (lazzab) trees dominated the scene.

A whole herd was resting under a tree after a morning of grazing.

That's got to be the fanciest cloth line I've seen!

It was a cloudy day, so the jumiper's trunk revealed its patterns and colors.

For an August summer day, we were lucky to be drenched in fresh fog. The hike was strenuous, but at least we weren't sweating the summer heat away.

We finally arrived to a farm land and 3 cute little ponds.

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