A few pics from a trip to Syria from 2009.
Arabian Oryx at the Palmyra reserve
Greater Flamingos- Syria hosts some major wetlands with huge populations of wintering waterbirds
Hoopoe Lark- Syria also an important area for desert species
Shelducks- surprisingly, very large numbers of Shelduck winter in Syria
Ruins near Raqqa- 700 years ago this was a thriving city
An underground cathedral in ruins near Raqqa
Alleppo- 7 years ago this was a thriving city
People of Alleppo
Paul and I meeting the locals (above and below)
The car behind our 4 x 4 was government agents that followed us everywhere!