Cedars of Lebanon

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Only two small groves of them left, this one in the mountains of the mid-country and another, more difficult to reach grove in the Druze highlands. These trees, mentioned in the Bible, were used by the Phoenicians to build the boats in which they sailed the Mediterranean’s first great commercial civilization. In the distance of this photo is a ski resort, just 50 minutes from Beirut. This is a Christian, rather commercial area, but with the trees in deep snow most of the winter, they seem well protected. For elegance, the smaller copse in Druze country is champion, clinging to a wind-swept hillside of terraces and over-looking hills and fields. We had to climb a barbed-wire fence to explore those.

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