Saturday, March 16, 2013

a good omen

A wadi is a dried river bed, which can suddenly transform into a torrential channel of mud and water, flooding villages, and anything in its path. On a good day, wadis are excellent places to explore; to find Desert Wheatears perched on rocks, to chase blue-winged butterflies (whose names I must learn), and to discover the skeletal remains of livestock and their predators.

As I readjusted the found turkey feather I had tucked in my hair, there was a flutter of movement out of the corner of my eye. My heart jumped— could it be? I scanned the rocks ahead of us, and locked eyes with an Arabian red fox. I had secretly hoped to see a fox during this trip, but as soon as I could utter the words to alert Pedro and Gil, it hopped over a small boulder, fluffy tail trailing behind. I'm not superstitious, but this felt like a good omen— a wonderful sight on our last day in Oman.

Ma'a salaama, Oman. Shukran.
I hope we meet again.


Dan Waters said...

Your photo of the wadi and details of your words could be something out of one my own adventure.
It reminds me of the the Wadi Cherith. I have been re-reading a book about Elijah and your story makes me wonder as I do, what did he do there in his special place assigned by God and other than the Ravens, did he have a friendly fox to keep him company? Always So great to visit your experiences. Also good to see your sketches again! by the sea in the desert.

szaza said...

Thanks so much, Dan!