Tag Archives: nature

Photo of the Week – Look over Jordan

The Great Rift valley is a unique geographical formation, a crack in the earth’s crust that runs approximately 6000 km from Mozambique to northern Syria. The section from the Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee is called the Jordan Rift valley and separates Israel from Jordan. This photo was shot in the late afternoon, looking east towards the mountains of Jordan, biblically the mountains of Moab and Edom.

Look over Jordan

The technical details – the photo was taken with a Nikon D90 DSLR and 18-200mm lens in February (ISO 200, 70mm, F10 at 1/320 sec).

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Photo of the Week – Nahal Darga

A limestone canyon formed by water erosion over many years beckons – Nahal Darga runs to the Dead Sea. Water fills depressions in the stone floor of the canyon so there are places on this hike where you have to swim across pools of water. Make sure to put your camera (I brought along a smaller one on this hike), car key and cell phone in a watertight container so they won’t get wet.

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Nahal Darga

The technical details – the photo was taken with a Lumix (point and shoot) digital camera on March 26 (ISO 80, 4.1mm, F3.5 at 1/100 sec).

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Photo of the Week – Keshet Cave

This geological feature in the Western Galilee is actually a large, natural stone arch that seems to divide heaven and earth. The arch is all that remains of the ceiling of a cave that collapsed, hence its name, keshet is the Hebrew for arch.

Keshet cave

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The technical details – the photo was taken with a Nikon D70 digital SLR and 18-70mm lens in April (ISO 200, 18mm, F9 at 1/125 sec).

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Photo of the Week – Red Sinkhole

Two weeks ago I posted a photo of a blue-green pool in Nahal Saar on the Golan. This photo of a water filled sinkhole by the Dead Sea was taken across from Ein Gedi with my iPhone (that’s the camera I had with me).

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Sinkholes along the Dead Sea are a serious ecological problem, check out my post at https://israeltours.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/dead-sea/.

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Photo of the Week – Nahal Darga

WordPress has a Weekly Photo Challenge and this week the subject is BIG so I’m submitting a photo. BIG is not what comes to mind when you think of Israel, the country is very small, about the size of New Jersey and whether it is a lake, a river, a canyon or a mountain it’s not very BIG. The photo was taken on a hike – the young man under the BIG rock is our youngest, AdirChai. If you think you know where the photo was taken leave a comment below; at the end of the week I’ll post the answer so check back.

In the winter during the rainy season, there are flash floods in desert areas and the water is able to move BIG stones which can then get lodged between the walls of the canyon. The water fills depressions in the floor of the canyon so on this hike you have to swim across pools of water. Make sure to put your camera (I brought along a smaller one), car key and cell phone in a watertight container so they won’t get wet. Please share this post with your friends by clicking on the icons at the end of this message.

The technical details – the photo was taken with a Lumix (point and shoot) digital camera on March 26 (ISO 80, 9.7mm, F3.9 at 1/500 sec).

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Photo of the Week – Nahal Saar

Along with limestone, dolomite, sandstone and granite, there is also basalt in the north of Israel, an area of extinct volcanoes. Saar Falls is a waterfall that cascades into Nahal Saar in the winter rainy season. The nahal (stream bed) is the divide between the basalt of the Golan and the limestone of the Hermon. You can click on the image for a larger view (which may take some time to load depending on your Internet connection). Please share this post with your friends by clicking on the icons at the end of this message.

The technical details – the photo was taken with a Nikon D90 (digital SLR) camera with a Nikon 18-70mm lens on November 8 (ISO 400, 18mm, F4 at 1/60 sec). For another view check out my post at https://israeltours.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/saar-falls/

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Photo of the Week – Shehoret Canyon

Continuing south from the Dead Sea along highway <90> the geology changes as you approach the mountains around Eilat. Along with limestone there is now sandstone and granite. This photo was taken on a hike in the Shehoret canyon (the black mountain is granite). You can click on the image for a larger view (which may take some time to load depending on your Internet connection). Please share this post with your friends by clicking on the icons at the end of this message.

The technical details – the photo was taken with a Nikon D70 (digital SLR) camera with a Nikon 18-70mm lens in October (ISO 200, 50mm, F11 at 1/400 sec).

For more information about hiking near Eilat check out my post at https://israel-tourguide.info/2011/03/11/israel-trail-encounter/

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