Lebanon’s diversity in
topography and climate lead to a wide variety of its wild life. It is estimated
has more than 2600 species of wild flowers. With the help of my husband, Dr
Ahmad Houri, I have been studying and documenting Lebanese flora for the past
ten years. We published the first Field Guide to Wildflowers of Lebanon in 2001
with 240 color photographs of different plants.
This guide was meant to be a companion for all those interested in
nature walking and a useful pocket guide for students of ecology and
botany. It also serves to enlighten
people to the variety and importance of the Lebanese Flora. Later on, it was
supported by a searchable database with all the flowers
available in the guide. Our work did not
stop there. My passion to nature and wild flowers kept me going in
investigating flora of Lebanon
all year round. In 2008 we published the second volume of the Photographic Guide
to Wild flowers of Lebanon
which has another 400 photographs of wild plants from Lebanon. Our
goal is to help nature lovers appreciate and understand the flora around them.
In order to make my work accessible by people
from all over the world, I decided to build this website. This way I can share
the beauty of our country’s nature and wild life with the world. This website will help people get acquainted
with our nature by looking at the photo gallery of wild flowers and various
landscapes from Lebanon.
They can read my CV and get to know my work. They can read more about our guides
and buy them online if interested. All comments, suggestions and contribution would
be greatly appreciated and hopefully incorporated in future editions or
volumes. These are possible through the “contact me” page.
To all those who will be using the books or the
website, we wish you the best of times in nature. We hope that with the aid of
these resources we will get to a higher level of appreciation and enjoyment of
Please remember, when in nature, take nothing
but pictures and leave nothing but footsteps.
Nisrine Machaka Houri