Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Sunny Stroll around the Salt Lake at the Solstice

(Apologies to those who are cringing at the excess of alliteration in the title!)

December in Cyprus can be chilly, but equally it can be sunny and warm during the daytime, with temperatures hovering around 20C (68F). Yesterday morning was one such beautiful day, and I was invited by some friends to go for a walk around part of the Salt Lake trail. It's not far away, and I hadn't been for a while; I knew the Salt Lake had plenty of water after the rain last month.

We could see the flamingoes almost as soon as we arrived - probably thousands of them:

They return year by year, although it's hard to see how such a relatively small stretch of water can provide all the food they need.

The sun was out, the sky was blue, and there were some pretty clouds over the mountains:

I don't know how far we walked - perhaps a kilometre or so. We weren't walking fast. There were small children with us, who kept stopping and starting, and we were deep in conversation, as ever. We walked towards the aqueduct, until we met the other family who were joining us, then we turned around and walked back.

At one point two of the children ran toward the Salt Lake, shouting... and the flamingoes took flight:

If you click on the picture to see the larger version, you can see how startlingly pink they are.

Somehow I didn't manage to take any photos of people, other than this one of Elisabeth, who is now 18 months old:

.. and this one of the bird-watching place, where some of us walked to and then took a break:

1 comment:

Anvilcloud said...

I grant you literary licence to change Lake to Sea just for the alliteration of it all.