From Beer Sheva To The Ramon Crater: The Negev (Desert), Israel: A Photographic Journey
Can't really tell from this photo but the red in the watermelon in Israel is insanely deep.
Typical mishmash of fresh produce stalls next to shops selling Nargilas (Hookahs) among other things.
The sign says the eggs are fresh from a Moshav (farm).
I love this snapshot. I only photograph with permission. A strong jaw, structure, the natural pose. The salmon against the dark shirt and the background patina hues playful with the color composition in this photo. This is one of my favorite photos out of Israel.
It's mating season so the male goats are in the pen with the females.
Some hospitality beneath the grapevines. I would love that teapot and the Moroccan glasses as props.
This swing overlooks some of the views below.
Just down the road is Kibbutz Sde Boker (Morning Field), the retirement home and the burial grounds of Israel's first Prime Minister and Defense Minister David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula. It was Ben Gurion's dream to make the desert bloom, and as you can tell from the photos, this oasis is indeed green and the desert is flourishing.
|National Park: Paula and David Ben Gurion: Burial Ground: Israel National Park|
Sde Boker and the burial grounds overlook a breathtaking views of The Tzin Rift. We arrived around 4:30 - 5:00 pm when hiking through the rift was forbidden, closed. The Ibex were migrating down to The Tzin stream (dry during the summer) to feed and the hiking part of the, shall we say canyon, was out of bounds.
There is much agricultural research and development going on in The Negev ( Desert). I was short of time and really wished to take it all in and enjoy, not rush. An excuse to go back!
We drove further south to The Ramon Crater. Its geological formation is quiet fascinating, the largest of its kind in the world. Read about it in the link. My sister wanted to go rock climbing or snapelling as we call it, just like the folks in the photo below. Just to be clear, we didn't. Maybe some other (life) time.
We curved down the road and drove right into the crater to a place called The Carpentry. It is a phenomena. This is what's written about it in Wikipedia "In the center of the makhtesh (crater) is Ha-Minsara (The Carpentry Shop), a low hill made up of black prismatic rocks, and interestingly, the rectangular pipes on the side of the hill are made of the same sort of sand found on beaches. As such, this is the only place in the world where prisms made of heated sand turned into liquid which, in cooling naturally formed rectangular and hexagonal prisms, can be seen. These prisms lost no space in the middle during formation."
We didn't make it to The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, that day, but stopped by in Arad, at my aunt's for a coffee break on our way back up north.