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Monthly Photos March 2011

Photos taken by ILCAA staff and associates are posted here once a month; most of them are taken during their field research in Asia and Africa.

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Flowers of almonds

Spring is the most beautiful season in Palestine. At the end of the rainy season, flowers and sprouts of trees begin blossoming alongside the rise of temperature. Carpet with flowers colored by poppies, dandelions and rapeseeds entertain us without reservation. In addition, flowers of almond trees bring especially happy feeling to Japanese people; as they look like cherry blossoms in Japan with their five petals colored in pale pink.

I came across the special scenery, on my way back from the tour to see the separation wall which was being built by Israel in the northern Palestine. Almond trees were in full bloom all over the hill. They looked like cubes of cotton rolling around the green grass in the warmth of spring. I realized richness of the natural breath indifferent to the people’s vying and conflict over occupation of the land.

Flowers of almonds

FEB 2006
Almond trees in Araqa village in spring
Photograph by Aiko Nishikida

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