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Photo of the Week – Sunset at Large Makhtesh

In Israel’s Negev desert are three examples of a geological formation unique to this area, the makhtesh. You can go off-road and explore it by jeep or hike in the makhtesh but a paved road gives easy access to travelers. Highway <228> from Yeruham crosses the Large Makhtesh and highway <40> a scenic route drops 250 meters and traverses Makhtesh Ramon on the way to Eilat. There are two smaller access roads that take you to the Small Makhtesh. Each makhtesh is a great place for photographs.

Makhtesh landscape

The technical details: the photo was shot at 6pm in January in the Large Makhtesh with a Lumix point and shoot camera, ISO 125, 4.1mm, F3.3 at 1/40 sec.

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Photo of the Week – Kurkar on Beach

Running parallel to the Mediterranean coastline of Israel are three underwater sandstone ridges (and two on land). These were created about a million years ago when sea sand dunes fossilized, creating eolianite rock, called kurkar.

Kurkar/Eolianite rockYou 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 DSLR and 18-70mm lens in June (ISO 200, 18mm, F10 at 1/250 sec).

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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.

Timna cliffs

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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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