Timna is a horseshoe-shaped valley in the south of Israel in the southwestern Arava about 30 km north of the Eilat just off of highway <90>. The area is rich in copper ore and has been mined by humans as far back as the 6th millennium BCE. An Egyptian temple from the end of the 14th century BCE dedicated to Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of mining was discovered. Water and wind erosion have created several unique rock formations and there are remains of fossilized trees that grew here some 150 million years ago. In 2002 it was declared a nature reserve. There are marked trails and paved roads to the various attractions; the Israel Trail traverses the valley.
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The technical details – the photo was taken with a Nikon D90 DSLR camera with Nikkor 18-70mm lens in February (ISO 400,18mm, F10 at 1/200 sec).
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