Under tree shades in Ehmej

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!

It was the first time I take a handful of colleagues to hike. We went to Ehmej (اهمج), in the mountains of Byblos.

The hike starts with Qornet el Raheb, a large rock with a trail that goes to the top, and a nice view to absorb.

What's special in that trail is walking within fluffy plains surrounded by green hills, then climbing one hill to reach another fluffy plain. We did that around 3 times.

The summer heat can be harsh, so the heavy trees provided shade most of the times, especially when hiking uphill.

Finally, we reached a large stretch of rock with a lovely panoramic view. The team was tired by this point, so we spent an hour relaxing and enjoying the scene.

While relaxing, Ahmad discovered this strange looking creature. I setup my macro lens and realized it was smiling!

We then descended our way back to the starting point.

At this point, the strong sunlight that was beaming on the plains became a smooth sunset.

Aziz, our web lead at Anghami, insisted taking a photo of me. I walked further ahead and he took this nice shot!

I often bump into herds, but it was the first time I see a man with his wife herding together. And their puppy shepherd dog :)

Once the sun set, vibrant colors from the trees and neighboring towns were revealed.

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