Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Trees are very important in balancing the ecosystem, even in a place that does not have much of a vegetation.

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the number of tree species is only 97, which is about 4% of the total floristic elements. Out of these, more than 80% are present in the southwestern and western regions, including Taif region (plantdiversityofsaudiarabia.info).

Acacia trees here in the capital city and the nearby towns play probably the most important role in whole region’s environmental balance and stability.


Among the tree genera of the whole kingdom, Acacia has the highest number of species (Acacia abyssinic, Acacia asak, Acacia etbaica, Acacia gerrardii, Acacia hamulosa,  Acacia latea, Acacia mellifera, Acacia origena, and Acacia raddiana). This explains why all of the places I visited outside the walls of the main city brandish those trees (“The Alpha Dogs’ Typical Day Out at Kamsa Ashra Park“).

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The most common species in my area though is the Acacia asak.

The most interesting thing about Acacia trees is their ability to resist drought and cope with arid environments through conserving water (“Effects of drought stress on the growth of Acacia asak by Ibrahim M. Aref and Loutfy I. El-Juhany).


Their bright yellow flowers and green leaves are what is dotting the landscape of the Arabian deserts (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”). According to what I read, the trees, like date palms (“A Day with Dates at Kamsa Kamsa Park“) have very long roots that can reach water from subterranean sources. This is way beyond the grasp of other plants.


The intricate connections of their branches when being captured underneath or closer is something to lay eyes on. Beauty is truly in every creation of God if you choose to see it.


Displaying these pictures is one way of showing that each of the things we see around are connected. Every thing we see has a role in the preservation of the ecosystem.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved your interpretation of the theme. 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Ordinary but special if we look at it deeper.


  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Very creative twist on this week’s photo challenge, Sony. Acacia trees are also quite common in parts of Malaysia. I remember my teacher in primary school in Malaysia talking about them in class. However, I didn’t know they also grew in Saudi Arabia. These trees certainly thrive in very warm climates – as you said, it’s probably their long roots that draw water from the deepest depths of the earth. Because of their long roots, I also suspect that these trees are extremely hard to uproots and are able to stand up for a long, long time.

    Brilliant shots of the trees. Absolutely love the focusing in the second photo. I’m guessing you either laid on the ground to take that shot, or there was a rock wall in front of you. In the last photo, I’m wondering if that is a bird’s nest nestled in between the branches…I’m guessing no because it might be too hot for birds to live there.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yes, Mabel. Those trees have a somewhat slim branches but very sturdy–literally and figuratively. They should be because they are in Saudi Arabia.

      You’re right. That’s a bird’s nest. I wished I photographed it in a more striking angle.

      Thanks a lot, Mabel, for always sharing a piece of your beautiful mind.


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  3. eevers1 says:

    Thanks for the post. I love trees. They are the epitome of strength and beauty. It was great to learn about the acacia tree. I love that their roots go so far into the earth. 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      What you just said is a perfect addition to what I have narrated. Thanks a lot!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Hi Sony, thank you for the recent Follow and Pingback which has brought me to your site. I love some of your travels and look forward to seeing more 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The pleasure is mine. It’s a wat of giving back. In this very busy day and age, it feels good for me to do that. Looking forward to reading more from your blog.

      Liked by 1 person

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