Spring in Jordan - Through The Lens of Mohammad Asfour

13 February 2016

It has been a beautiful spring in Jordan this year! We came across some amazing photos by our viewers & we'd love to share with you this first batch by the very talented Mohammad Asfour


Al Yarmouk Reserve

First, lets introduce you to Mohammad Asfour
https://about.me/masfour

A thrill seeking green global citizen; Mohammad, Chaired the WorldGBC MENA Network and the Jordan Green Building Council. Mohammad, was appointed as an adviser to the Board of Trustees at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology, founded the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship and worked on developing the concept behind El Hassan Science City. He also worked at the Jordan Investment Board and served as a consultant for the UNDP & UNIDO. He was appointed as a regional advisor to OECD' s MENA Investment Program, chaired UNEP - SBCI's Advocacy Committee and was a founding board member at Al Shajarah NGO. Mohammad has continuously maintained a presence in the business world through a fourth generation diversified family business.

Board Member, World Green Building Council www.wroldgbc.org
Middle East Adviser, Kontentreal, New York - USA www.e2-series.com
Adviser, Asfour Investment & Management, Amman - Jordan


Ajloun Reserve

Here is what Mohammad had to say about these photos
& a few tips on where to capture the most beautiful spring in Jordan:

"As the snow started to melt in Jordan's highlands; a green carpet appeared revealing much hidden beauty and, eventually, blossomed into a festival of colours and natural beauty. 

Jordan is blessed with so much diversity. Biodiversity is no exception! Jordan's geographic location in addition to the different habitats it enjoys; means that different types of fauna and flora flourish in its relatively small landscape. All what an Amman dweller needs to do is to drive around the city or a bit beyond to witness the magnificent colours of spring.
 
One beautiful place is Wadi Shouib that can be accessed through Dabouq then to Mahes. One of my favourite plants that I look for there is Lupin; it has a beautiful blue stem of flowers. It gains more beauty when its flowers exhibit a colour festival when mixed with red, white and yellow spring flowers. Areas surrounding Naour and Yarqa together with the hills of Jala'ad are, amongst other locations are home to Jordan's national flower: the black Iris. Iraq Al Amir and wadi Al Shita are beautiful locations to visit. One of the best locations to enjoy spring is Al Rumman where the Royal Botanic Garden is preserving some of the most magnificent wild plants.
 
As for those seeking the beauty of wild Orchids; all they need to do is take a 30 minute drive to Dibbeen and Jerash were they can witness the beauty of various types. The Ajloun nature reserve is a home of a few as well. I no longer find the Nazareth Iris, the most magnificent of all that might have got extinct due to buildings and investments in areas adjacent to the Dibbeen reserve. 
 
If I go on, I will never stop because there is so much that Jordan has to offer. Yet, to share with you this abundant natural beauty, I have captured some of it on film. I hope this will help both the people of Jordan and its politicians realize how much we could lose if the current state of affairs continues."
 

Al Yarmouk Reserve
 

Al Yarmouk Reserve
 

Al Yarmouk Reserve
 

Wadi Shouaib
 

Al Yarmouk Reserve
 

Sakeb, Jerash
 

Sakeb, Jerash
 

Dibbeen
 

Dibbeen
 

Jerash
 

Al Yarmouk Reserve
 

Al Yarmouk Reserve
 

Um Qais