A multitude of butterflies and their beautiful wings under the microscope.
Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most famous for are the striking and vivid blue walls of many of the buildings in its “old town” sector, or medina.
The maze-like medina sector, like those of most of the other towns in the area, features white-washed buildings with a fusion of Spanish and Moorish architecture. The brilliantly blue walls, however, seem to be unique to Chefchaouen. They are said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. The color caught on, and now many also believe that the blue walls serve to repel mosquitoes as well (mosquitoes dislike clear and moving water).
Whatever the reason, the town’s blue walls attract visitors who love to wander the town’s narrow streets and snap some beautiful photos.
(со страницы royalazure)
(Translation revised by Robert Nviiri on 26th May 2005)
It seems to me, sometimes, soldiers,
Who didn’t return from the bloody fields,
Didn’t lie dead in our land, a single moment,
But transformed into white Cranes.
All along, from time immemorial,
They’re flying, calling out to us from afar,
Not that, we often ruefully,
Keep our silence, glaring up in the sky.
The crane formation, is flying, wearily in the sky,
Flying in the fog, till dusk.
And in this formation, is left a minute gap,
Probably, this is a place reserved for me.
A day will come, when together with the cranes,
I will soar in the same blue skies,
Calling out from the sky, in bird language,
All to whom, I left on earth.